Diagnostic Techniques

Blood Test Can Detect Heart Damage after Non-Cardiac Surgery

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2017) — A blood test for a protein called high-sensitivity troponin T, which is released into the bloodstream when injury to the heart occurs, can identify patients with heart damage after non-cardiac surgery whose lives could potentially be saved with timely treatment, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.

Prediction of Post Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Myocardial Ischaemia

Myocardial revascularisation in patients with stable chronic angina is performed with the aim of reducing cardiovascular death, reducing myocardial infarction (MI) and relieving angina symptoms. However, contrary to expectations, modern therapy with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not had a significant impact on hard outcomes.1–5 Indeed, as also summarised in a recently published meta-analysis,6 PCI in stable angina patients does not reduce cardiovascular death or MI.

Fractional Flow Reserve Assessment of Coronary Artery Stenosis

Coronary artery disease (CAD) due to atherosclerosis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Early prevention of atherothrombotic disease with a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise, optimal body weight and no smoking) is considered the best method of “treating” CAD, although increasing age remains associated with significant cardiovascular events.