21 Sep '11, 11pm

A landmark study and a kit to predict heart-attack risk

SINGAPORE - Hundreds of Singaporeans will be screened in a landmark study, aimed at developing a simple blood test that can predict if a person is at risk of a heart attack or stroke. The study, which is being carried out for the first time, will be conducted by a team of scientists from Singapore and the Netherlands. They had discovered that more than 10 types of unique proteins, or biomarkers, are present in the blood of people who recently had a stroke or heart attack. According to the team - a collaborative effort between Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University Hospital (NUH) and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands (ICIN) - blood and tissue samples have been collected from about 800 heart patients here in the past two years. This will be increased to more than 2,000 samples in the next few years. The scientists hope that by c...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110922-0000411/A-...

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