A revolutionary test that protects young people from sudden death
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Scientists hope that a new blood test, due to be available next year, will provide qualitative results in detecting the most serious diseases.
The relatively inexpensive test can diagnose potentially fatal heart disease, particularly in the more severe form of myocarditis.
The sudden death in the UK kills one young person every week from undiagnosed myocarditis, according to the UK’s Myocarditis Charity.
And the newspaper “The Sun” explained in an article that the disease can affect anyone of any age and is usually associated with a viral infection of recent origin.
Earlier this year, medics warned that people who contract monkeypox are at risk of fatal heart disease soon after contracting the virus.
The test is based on research published in the journal Circulation, which showed that T cells – a type of white blood cell – in the blood express a protein called cMet, which is a clear indicator of inflammation in the heart muscle.
“Early intervention is critical in the management of myocarditis, as in some cases it can be as little as weeks between the onset of symptoms and the development of heart failure,” said Professor Federica Marilee Berg, Professor of Cardiovascular Immunology at Barts Hospital.
“However, without a diagnosis, doctors cannot provide their patients with appropriate treatment,” she explained.
“We think this test for myocarditis could be a simple addition to the routine blood tests required in doctor’s offices,” she added.
She concluded, “When the results are viewed in conjunction with the occurrence of symptoms, the results could allow primary care physicians to determine whether their patients have myocarditis.”
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