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16 July 2024

British researchers develop new way to predict heart attacks

By E247

 A research team in Britain has developed a new diagnostic method to identify patients at increased risk of heart attacks due to heart rhythm disturbances caused by a health problem known as atrial fibrillation.

Although this health problem does not pose a serious risk to the patient's life, it increases the risk of heart attack five-fold.

The new study, which was reported by the website "Technological Networks" specializing in scientific research, found that there are four factors that can help predict a patient's risk of atrial fibrillation. These are: advanced age, high blood pressure, as well as problems with the coordination and functions of the left upper chamber of the heart.

Based on these factors, the research team from the University of East Anglia in Britain developed a simple scientific method to help doctors diagnose the risk of heart attacks. Researchers hope that this method will help to reduce the risk of heart attacks in the future.

The study was based on data from 323 patients from East Anglia who had previously suffered heart attacks without identifying any prior causes of their health condition. The study included analysis of their medical records and electrocardiograms.

"We have identified the factors associated with the risk of atrial fibrillation," said Vasilios Vasilio, the head of the study and a cardiologist at the Norwich Medical School. "Then we developed a scientific model that can be used to predict the likelihood of atrial fibrillation occurring three years before it occurs. Therefore, we are able to identify patients at increased risk of heart attack in the future."