Predicting bad hearts

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:51 am

Every year, more than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack. And 600,000 die of heart disease.

Now, researchers at Baylor Research Institute at Dallas have uncovered a biomarker that may help them spot the disease sooner; and they did it by pure accident.

While attempting to identify patients with a rare condition known as fabry disease, the investigators found the marker they were studying, GB3, was more common in people with heart disease. Because it’s found in the urine, it could one day be a simple way to test for patients who are at risk of heart disease.

The investigators say they plan on studying the GB3 biomarker more to see if it will be a more accurate predictor than current methods, like stress tests.

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