Features November 2018 Issue

New Tests Improve the Ability to Predict Future Heart Attack

Testing the blood for these newly identified, nontraditional substances is helping physicians identify patients who are at higher-than-normal risk for heart attack.

New Tests Improve the Ability to Predict Future Heart Attack

Nontraditional markers allow doctors to pinpoint who needs aggressive treatment to prevent a serious cardiac event.

Many of us know that cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body-mass index and smoking are modifiable risk factors for heart disease. If you smoke or have high levels of the other risk factors, you will need to make lifestyle changes and/or take medications to prevent a heart attack. But these measures don't always stop a serious cardiac event fromoccurring.

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