Blog posts from August, 2015

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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