Blood tests

Blood tests

A study has showed that blood tests can detect heart attacks quicker and 94 to 96 percent accurate. The tests give a much better way to tell who needs help fast. Two European studies published in New England Journal of Medicine found that the newer blood tests can improve early diagnosis of a heart attack soon after a person feels chest pain. The studies looked at four tests made by Abbott Laboratories, Roche and Siemens AG. The Abbott and Siemens tests are approved for use in the United States.

In one study, doctors led by the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, took blood samples from 718 patients who came into the emergency room with heart attack symptoms such as chest discomfort and shortness of breath. Doctors compared the accuracy of four of the new blood tests with an older test.

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