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New blood test predicts heart attack risk

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If your doctor could tell you when you were going to have a heart attack, would you want to know? Would you work hard to change the outcome? A local doctor says that a simple test could answer those questions.

Dr. Zaid Jabber says the Singulex blood test done in the doctor's office is changing lives and preventing heart attacks. Why is this test so different from other cardio health tests? The makers say this test looks at just how sensitive a patient's heart vessels are compared to a healthy set.

"This is literally catching the heart attack before the heart attack," Dr. Jabber says.

The test doesn't give you the day, month or year a patient may have a heart attack, but it lets you know if you are at risk.

"I would offer it to diabetics," says Dr. Jabber. "I would offer it to any one with inflammatory diseases such as gout patients--rheumatoid arthritis--anybody who is obese patients with metabolic syndrome and anybody with obstructive sleep apnea."

Doctors say Singulex gives patients and medical staff a more detailed look at markers and can detect heart attack warning signs five to eight years before a patients collapses or dies.

"This test is being used in the ER to test for an acute heart attack," he explains.

Results are back from the lab in five to seven days and they're color coded, just like a stop light. Green means the patient is okay, yellow: proceed with caution, and red means stop and have a long conversation with your physician about heart attack prevention and treatment

The test is now available and there are others like it on the market, but the makers of the Singulex blood test say this test digs a lot deeper.

For more information on Singulex: Singulex.com

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