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Heart aging and disease risks can be predicted through simple blood test


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Higher levels of amyloid-beta in blood may be a key indicator of cardiovascular disease.

Existence of a common link between Alzheimer's and heart diseases.

Blood samples analysed from more than 6,600 patients from nine countries.

Results show patients could be divided into high and low risk categories of heart disease.

This is by basing it on their amyloid-beta levels.

Blood test could be added to GRACE score, to assess heart attack risks.

To focus on clinical trials in the future to predict risks and guide treatment plans.

Research by Newcastle University scientists.

Published in th Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Measuring amyloid-beta in blood key to identifying future heart complications

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American College of Cardiology

Non-profit medical association advocating for quality cardiovascular care through education, research promotion and development

Konstantinos Stellos

Professor at Newcastle University's Biosciences Institute, UK, Consultant Cardiologist at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle Hospitals

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the Shelford Group of University Teaching Hospitals.

Newcastle University

Public world-class research-intensive University based in the North East of England