21 Sep '11, 6am

Test kit set to predict heart-attack risk

SINGAPORE: Singapore researchers are working on a blood test kit that can predict the chance of a person having a heart attack in the future. According to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) 2009 statistics, heart diseases are one of the leading causes of death in Singapore. An MOH spokesperson said in 2010, 1,400 Singaporeans died of a stroke. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University Hospital (NUH) said they hope the kit would produce more accurate readings, compared with the current tests based on weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level. The team is building on the research from a five-year study conducted on Caucasian blood samples provided by a Dutch team from the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands. That study found 10 types of unique proteins which are commonly present in the blood of a person who had rec...

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