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FAQ’s on Cardiac markers

Last Updated on Jul 04, 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the process involved in assessing Cardiac markers?

Cardiac markers assays require a sample of blood. The standard vein puncture procedure is done to obtain blood. Apply pressure to the puncture site until the bleeding stops so as to reduce bruising.

2. Do I have to fast before testing for cardiac markers?

Except for Homocysteine tests, the patient need not fast prior to the test for cardiac markers.
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3. Are there any risks associated with cardiac marker tests?

No. There are no known complications.

4. How often should I test for cardiac markers?

The New England Journal of Medicine April 20, 2000 reported that on a yearly basis, doctors miss heart attacks in 2.1% of emergency room patients . This can be prevented by more widespread use of the rapid cardiac marker tests as screening devices might. Periodical testing is recommended for every patient at high-risk for an acute coronary event.

5. Are tests for cardiac markers diagnostic?

The tests for cardiac markers have been proved to be a immense value in the early detection of a number of clinical conditions like acute coronary syndrome (ACS), acute myocardial infarction.

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The ischemic biomarker Heart-type Fatty Acid Binding Protein [H-FABP] can substantially improve the detection of high risk patients when Troponin-negative, even when a high sensitivity assay is used, a new publication has shown. In the June edition of JACC, Professor Alistair Hall and colleagues from the University of Leeds, UK, prospectively studied a cohort of 1080 consecutive patients admitted to hospital with suspected ACS and compared the H-FABP assay (Randox Laboratories) with the high sensitivity Ultra-TnI assay (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics).

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