Predicting Heart Attack Risks Could Now Be Possible
According to a study published in the March edition of the European Heart Journal, assessing the protein levels in the blood stream can enable doctors to understand if the patients are at a risk of a heart attack or any other cardiovascular problem in the future. The doctors, as part of the research studied 2,913 patients who were suffering from a chronic vascular disease as well as possessed a risk factor that could lead to a cardiovascular attack.
The doctors observed that the activity of the blood protein called the plasma renin activity or the PRA actually was elevated in these patients. Thus, this PRA can be used as a marker to study patients with no present cardiac conditions to see if they are at a risk of developing one in the future. Doctors believe that identifying PRA would help them lower it eventually, which would subside the risk factor associated with a heart attack.