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(UPI)   New blood test allows ER doctors to detect when chest pain is a heart attack. Apparently it has something to do with the blood having the same viscosity as maple syrup   ( upi.com) divider line
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2018-08-09 06:28:59 PM  
"What's your blood type, A-positive."
"Nope. It's 10w40."
 
2018-08-09 06:31:23 PM  
"Redd Foxx inconsolable"
 
2018-08-09 06:39:57 PM  
And if it tastes like Root Beer.
 
2018-08-09 09:25:38 PM  
I have had some pretty runny shiat put in front of me called maple syrup subby.
 
2018-08-09 10:10:08 PM  
Theranos had created an automated version of that test, but the UI was awkward.

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2018-08-09 10:11:12 PM  
This is what a diagnostic test should be, with 100% sensitivity for MI and 100% specificity for at least some type of cardiac injury.
 
2018-08-09 10:11:46 PM  

DarkLancelot: And if it tastes like Root Beer.


Hey, man, don't knock an Arterial Float.

/ An aorta's worth of goodness,
// A scoop of vanilla ice cream,
/// A tea strainer for the clots.
 
2018-08-09 11:10:14 PM  
Paging Redd Foxx!
 
2018-08-10 12:40:48 AM  
A 30-minute blood test for MI? Yay for science; cardiac cath is no pony ride. But, admitting my lack of medical knowledge, the title "New blood test may spot heart attack faster than current standard" doesn't seem to jibe with TFA. Quoting same:

[The] initial high-sensitivity test ruled out a heart attack in 30 percent of patients. The second, done at the one-hour mark, put another 25 percent in the clear. By the three-hour point, the high-sensitivity test had ruled out a heart attack in 84 percent of patients

This test rules out MI with increasing confidence over time, saving money wasted on unnecessary procedures. Good. But can someone tell me whether we can infer that it's quicker at yielding a confident positive result? That could spare a lot of heart muscle and lives.

I'm not looking a gift breakthrough in the pipette. If I'm lying on a gurney expecting to die, hearing "you're having a taco, not a coronary" in as few as 30 minutes will be worth it.
 
2018-08-10 02:29:49 AM  

Poobeezler: I'm not looking a gift breakthrough in the pipette. If I'm lying on a gurney expecting to die, hearing "you're having a taco, not a coronary" in as few as 30 minutes will be worth it.


If you keep having the former, chances are you're likely to have the latter in the near future. At least throw some refried beans, rice, and a huge salad in there...
 
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2018-08-10 08:23:55 AM  
Molasses Subby. Or Heinz Ketchup. Much thicker and slow flow compared to maple syrup.
 
2018-08-10 10:19:57 AM  
Just saying if you walk into a clinic full of sick people and complain about chest pain due to a cough and flu, you will feel foolish when they call you ahead of the people holding banages against their flesh wounds.

/was it something I said?
 
2018-08-10 10:20:47 AM  

Nocrash: Just saying if you walk into a clinic full of sick people and complain about chest pain due to a cough and flu, you will feel foolish when they call you ahead of the people holding banages against their flesh wounds.

/was it something I said?


Banages all over their flesh wounds.
 
2018-08-10 11:36:05 AM  
I've recently had two heart attacks. I didn't need any test to know what was going on.

/3 stents
 
2018-08-10 11:42:20 AM  
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2018-08-10 01:21:16 PM  
Nah, it was just a chunk of polish sausage.
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2018-08-10 02:32:12 PM  
So a "new" test is available in the US that the rest of the world has had for years already?
 
2018-08-11 12:43:58 AM  
This is not new, we have been using this same test in our ER in central Arkansas for at least more than 10 years (when I started here).  This is not "new" medical tech and is one of the most common tests that has been run in this ER in my memory of being here.
 
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