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A simple blood test could warn you of your risk of having a heart attack over the next five years, scientists have found.
Doctors currently calculate the risk of heart disease using a number of factors including age, sex, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and medical history.
The new test, however, would detect levels of antibodies called IgG antibodies, which appear to protect the body from a heart attack.
According to researchers, those with high levels of these antibodies which are produced by the immune system face a low risk of heart problems, regardless of other factors – including blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
This ‘exciting’ finding could mean that those currently on statins or betablockers have strong enough immune systems not to need them.
Coronary heart disease is currently the biggest killer in the UK, responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths every year. Scientists from Imperial College London and University College London studied more than 1,700 people with a risk of heart problems.
During the five-year trial, people with the lowest antibody levels were found to have the highest heart attack risk.
Those with the highest number of antibody levels had a 58 per cent lower risk of suffering coronary heart...
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