Am I having a heart attack? (News)

troponin concentration in the blood can give an indication of whether someone is having a genuine heart attack

troponin concentration in the blood can give an indication of whether someone is having a genuine heart attack

Broadcaster: BBC1

Year: 2015

Genre: News

URL: http://bobnational.net/record/319753

A million people a year visit Accident and Emergency departments in the UK with concerns that they are having a heart attack. A simple blood test monitoring the levels of troponin has been available for a while, but a paper published in leading medical journal the Lancet (open access) described a quicker procedure with greater sensitivity to low concentrations of the protein. This should make it easier to confirm if someone has genuine damage to their heart or is simply experiencing chest pain.

This 2-minute BBC News clip summarises the story. It could be used in a lecture on muscle activity, e.g. to consider why troponin is released into the blood.

Alternative coverage of the same story includes a 4 minute section from BBC Breakfast or  3 minutes from Channel 5 News.

See also:
Test rules out heart attacks in two-thirds suffering chest pains (Guardian)
Heart attack test ‘cuts hospital stays’ (BBC)
Plus an earlier article from NICE about various troponin-based assays.