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The findings suggest the test could also be used to identify people who will benefit from statins – medicines that are used to lower heart disease risk – and could help to monitor whether patients are responding to the treatment.
Experts say the test is expected to be more effective than measuring blood pressure or cholesterol for determining whether a person is likely to have a heart attack in the future.
The test detects a molecule called troponin, which leaks into the blood stream when heart muscle is damaged. Patients suspected of suffering a heart attack will often be given a troponin test to confirm the diagnosis, but until now it was not known whether the test could help to determine future heart attack risk....