New Blood Test Predicts Heart Attack: Should You Get It?

New Blood Test Predicts Heart Attack:
Should You Get It?

A simple, new blood test that accurately predicts whether a person is headed for a heart attack is a “game-changer” in heart care, a top cardiologist tells.

Heart disease is currently the nation’s number one killer, but this could change thanks to the newly approved screening test, says Dr. Chauncey Crandall, M.D.
“This test is a wonderful tool that will help us predict heart problems that we otherwise would have missed,” says Dr. Crandall, director of prevention at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic.

“Some 50 percent of heart attacks happen in people who have normal cholesterol readings and therefore receive no further evaluation. This test will help identify people who are at risk but have no other signs of heart trouble.”

The screening, known as the PLAC test, is a simple blood draw intended to assess heart attack risk in people without a history of heart disease.

The test tracks the activity of a specific biological signal of vascular inflammation called Lp-PLA2. Vascular inflammation, a chronic condition, increasingly is viewed as the driver of atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty deposits called plaque build within the heart’s coronary arteries, narrowing them and forming heart attack-causing blood clots.

Dr. Crandall has advocated the use of the PLAC test for years, even before its recent approval by the FDA. “This is the only test that pinpoints vascular inflammation with the best specificity,” he said.

But, since it was not considered a standard test, insurers did not reimburse for it and, as a result, doctors were unlikely to recommend it. That may now change.

The FDA’s action should pave the way for the test to be covered by insurance. Dr. Crandall notes that the screening is relatively inexpensive especially compared to assessments such as a heart stress test.

People who do not have diagnosed heart disease, but with risk factors that result in inflammation, such as diabetes and obesity, should get the test as part of a regular checkup, says Dr. Crandall. In addition, people experiencing symptoms that could be heart related but are not typical, should consider getting the test, he added.

The FDA action came following the results of a study that compiled data on almost 4,600 people ages 45 to 92 with no prior history of heart disease. Researchers gave the participants the PLAC test and followed them for an average of five years.

The study showed that subjects scoring high on the PLAC test had more than double the heart risk of those scoring lower.

If a patient scores high on the test, he or she should be put on a program to reduce inflammation, said Dr. Crandall.

“Statin therapy and daily aspirin can help, but, the number one way to lower heart-damaging inflammation is by moving to a plant-based diet,” he said. more  

View all 11 comments Below 11 comments
Mr. Gulzar. PLAC Tests are avilable in India. I have posted the details in my post below. Please have a look. more  
Thank you all for appreciating my post. Best Regards to you all. more  
Thanks, Raja Sahib for bringing this topic and raising general awareness of the group and opening the group for attention and comments of cardiologists like Dr. Puneet Chandna. more  
Thanks to Raja Chandra for people concerned more  
Thanks to Raja Chandraji & Umash Kumarji for highlighting the important topic. May cardiologists enlighten us. more  
Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Saurav Ganguly suffered a Heart Attack

      3 major blood vessels were found to be blocked in an otherwise healthy individual. He suffered a blackout during Gym Exercises at his home He was taken in time to the hospital...

      By Dr. Neelam Nath
    • Secrets of Longevity

      Whales have heart rates @2/minute while in water and it's up by 4 while out of water,while hunting. Humans have heart rates between 60-80 and athletic people or others who believe in reg...

      By Dr. Neelam Nath
    • Healthy cholesterol

      Can we run our vehicle without good oil? Why do we get our vehicles serviced, get filter & oil changed after driving few thousands of Kilometers? Cholesterol is a type of fat found i...

      By Neelam Nath
    • Alkaline diet

      If you are in your 30s or know someone who is in their 30s, then it is important to understand that alkaline diet hams none and helps everyone without being a burden on the pocket. Dr Otto Warburg,...

      By Neelam Nath
    • Foods as blood thinners

      Foods As Blood Thinners Dr. Neelam Nath Bhatia Dr. Neelam Nath BhatiaGeneral Physician 9 September, 2019 Cardiac patients are given blood thinners so that bloo...

      By Neelam Nath
    • Chelation therapy

      is Chelation therapy advisable for reducing blocks

      By Swarnalatha Marjee
    • BP fluctuation during day

      How does blood pressure fluctuate during the day? Is it quite high before lunch. Experts please advise.

      By Sneha Goyal
    • Erroneously high BP measurement mistakes

      AHA lists 7 common mistakes leading to erroneously high BP measurement . 1 .Having a full bladder can add 10-15 points to your reading. 2 .Slouching, unsupported back or feet....

      By Sneha Goyal
    • Hypertension

      Hypertension is a systolic blood pressure equal to or greater than 140mm of Hg or diastolic pressure equal to or greater then 90 mm of hg. Features of Hypertension: 1. Headach...

      By Pritam Sharma
    • 101 year old cardiologist

      India's first lady Cardiologist, Dr. Padmawati Sivaramakrishna Iyer turned 101yrs on 20th June 2018. She is director of the National Heart Institute, Delhi and the founder president of the A...

      By Sneha Goyal
    • Good evening friends

      4 Nuts That Cut Your Heart Disease Risk. Recently, I set up an experiment in a grocery store. I placed four nut mixes on a shelf. Each was labeled differently. One promoted men’s h...

      By Dr.(Mrs.)Chandra Kanta Gosain
Enter your email and mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

All My Circles
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)