Category: Hypertension

Common ‘Heart Attack’ Blood Test May Predict Future Hypertension

By Ekaterina Pesheva and Lauren Nelson

Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a blood test long used to verify heart muscle damage from heart attacks could also identify people on their way to developing hypertension well before the so-called silent killer shows up on a blood pressure machine.

Results of the federally funded study, led by Johns Hopkins investigators, found that people with subtle elevations in cardiac troponin T — at levels well below the ranges detectable on the standard version of this “heart attack” test — were more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension within a few years.

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