Myocardial Infarctions: The Research Update

Myocardial InfarctionsAs professionals working in a cardiology specialist hospitals or emergency rooms well know, time is everything when it comes to dealing with myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). In short “Time is Muscle”.

As clinicians we rely heavily on up-to-date research and innovate technology to drive treatment; and diagnostic tools for myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) are no exception. Some British researchers involved in cardiovascular research are considering new diagnostic approaches for women who present with the symptoms of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Professor Peter Weissberg confirms that this high-sensitivity troponin test will permit clinicians to detect troponin, the protein released by damaged heart cells, at much lower levels than allowed by the current established standard.

In a study of more than 1,000 men and women who were admitted to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburg, the new test was used and its effectiveness compared to the standard test. Research has revealed that where the new test was used, researchers were able to confirm a diagnosis for twice as many women, when compared to circumstances where the standard test was used.

A more extensive study involving more than 26,000 patients will now be conducted to investigate the patient outcomes where the new test is used. That is, the use of the high-sensitivity troponin test will be used to determine whether or not more women’s lives can be saved, as doctors use this early detection tool to prevent major heart attacks from happening.

Take a look at this short video for more insight into the benefits and rationale for this new high-sensitivity test.