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This innovative test may detect symptoms of heart disease in older adults

India December 07(IM): An innovative approach – blood-based precision medicine test can be helpful in detecting early symptoms of heart disease in older outpatients. Accorrding to researchers, a blood-based precision medicine test incorporating age, sex and gene expression score (ASGES) was helpful in evaluating older outpatients with symptoms suggestive of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). In the study of 176 stable, non-acute outpatients presenting with symptoms suggestive of obstructive CAD who were aged 65 and older, The participants with low scores with low likelihood of obstructive CAD were referred for further evaluation at low rates, whereas those with higher scores had higher rates of referral to cardiology and advanced cardiovascular tests.After one year follow-up, the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events or revascularisation was higher in participants with high ASGES than in those with low ASGES (10 percent versus 0 percent).The research appears in journal of the American Geriatrics Society study. However, here are a few symptoms of heart diseases that you should know.1. Shortness of breath (dyspnoea): Breathlessness is commonly experienced by patients with heart failure. It is also a warning sign of heart attack.

2. Chest pain: Chest pain (angina) is a classic symptom of heart attack and coronary artery disease (CAD). In some cases, chest pain is associated with inflammation of the tissue covering the heart (pericardium). Are you aware of these 10 causes of chest pain?

3. Swelling of feet: Swelling in the feet and ankles is seen in people with congestive heart failure where the blood pumping capacity of the heart reduces.4. Cold sweat: A person who is likely to get a heart attack sooner may start sweating profusely without any physical exertion.5. Tiredness or fatigue: It is one of the common symptoms of heart failure and heart attack in women is unexplained overall weakness and fatigue. Fatigue is also common in the elderly population or people with diabetes who suffer from heart disease. Read about when does fatigue means much more than tiredness.If you have any of the above signs, you should consult a cardiologist and get your heart check up done before any complication arises.

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