Professor Peter Kuhn and colleagues at the Scripps Research Institute in California announced the successful development of a very specific and accurate test that can determine if a person is going to have a heart attack before the person actually has a heart attack in the Jan. 9, 2014, edition of the journal Physical Biology.
The researchers compared the level of CECs between 79 people that had recently experienced a heart attack and 25 people that were healthy and had no history of heart disease or arterial plaque deposits.
The number of CECs was found to be highly elevated in people that had experienced a heart attack compared to people that had no symptoms of any heart or arterial disease.
The researchers compared their trial results with the results from the present FDA approved method of detecting CECs and found a much higher level of specificity in the new test method.
The researchers plan trials with people that have a potential to experience a heart attack in an effort to predict heart attacks before they happen and begin treatment that prevents heart attacks.