Urine Test for Heart Disease Successful in Small Trial

by Jodee on April 29, 2009

Can you imagine going to see your doctor and being screened for heart disease by providing a urine sample? German researchers have discovered that when a person has heart disease, their body produces higher levels of collagen. Collagen attaches to the lining of the arteries. When it does so, fragments of the protein break off.

The collagen fragments, called proteomes, can be detected in urine. High concentrations may indicate atherosclerosis, which is a risk factor for heart attack. Atherosclerosis is commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries.”

In a study conducted on 67 participants who had symptoms of coronary artery disease, the urine test had a very impressive 84 percent accuracy rate. More research will be needed before the urine test becomes standard for detecting heart disease, but this is a very encouraging development.

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