Breakthrough blood test to improve diagnosis of heart attacks

April 24, 2017

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Researchers have developed a new blood test to diagnose heart attacks, thanks to BHF-funding. The study found that the new test is more sensitive and quicker in detecting heart damage than the current troponin test.

Using donated human heart muscle tissue, the team found that a protein called cardiac myosin-binding protein C was even more sensitive and better at detecting damage to the heart caused by a heart attack than the widely used troponin test.

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Acknowledgement:  British Heart Foundation              


HeartFlow FFRCT for estimating fractional flow reserve from coronary CT angiography Guidance

March 17, 2017

Source: UK Health Forum

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: New guidance, published today (14/02/2017), by NICE has recommended an innovative new device called HeartFlow FFRCT, to help clinicians diagnose coronary artery disease in patients with recent onset, stable chest pain.    HeartFlow FFRCT is coronary physiology simulation software used to analyse cardiac CT images. The software enables data from standard cardiac CT scans to be sent to a processing centre where virtual 3D models of the patient’s blood vessels are created, identifying any areas of narrowing that may require treatment. It is estimated that the software could benefit up to 36,000 patients in England per year, and because the test avoids the need for more invasive and complicated investigations it could save the NHS more than £200 per patient, and the NHS in England around £9.1 million.

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


New device to diagnose heart attacks at an early stage

February 10, 2009

Source: Irish Times  20 January 2009

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Reporting on the development of a device that will detect cardiovascular disease at a very early stage. A quick, simple test, which could be carried out in an ambulance or in a GP’s surgery in five minutes, to reveal if a patient has had a heart attack or is imply suffering from a bout of indigestion.

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Acknowledgements: National Heart Forum weekly e-news briefing, 21 Jan 2009


The diagnostic role of stress echocardiology in women with coronary artery disease: evidence-based review

February 10, 2009

Source: Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York

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Year of Publication: 2008

Publication Type: Abstract

In a nutshell: Compares the performance of stress echocardiology with other techniques for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in women with chest pain.

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