Blood Test May Detect Heart Damage Years Before Symptoms Appear
Test May Soon Help Doctors Spot Early Heart Failure
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Lowering Troponin T Levels May Lower Heart Risks continued...
Study participants who saw their levels drop by at least 50%, on the other hand, had about a 30% drop in their risk of heart failure or death, suggesting that there may be ways people can change their troponin T levels and influence their fate.
If further research confirms his results, deFilippi says he thinks the highly sensitive troponin tests would be a cost-effective, patient-friendly way to catch chronic disease.
“It’s not a big MRI or a CT scan you have to get into,” deFilippi says. “The test runs on the same equipment labs currently use and the cost is no different. I think it’s about $12.”