Simple blood test could rule out heart attack in ER patients

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Simple blood test could rule out heart attack in ER patients

March 31, 2014 Updated Mar 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM CDT

A simple blood test could help predict the risk of a heart attack in patients with chest pain.

The test measures levels of troponin, a chemical signal in the blood that indicates heart damage.

Researchers at Karolinska Institute studied more than 8,000 patients who came to the hospital with chest pain-but had undetectable levels of troponin and no sign of reduced blood flow.

Less than one-percent had a heart attack within 30 days.

Researchers said this blood test could help prevent many unnecessary hospital visits but more studies are needed.

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