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We want to bring you this important health update for you now because heart disease is the number one killer in this country.
And there is a new tests that they say is quite promising.
That utilizes your fingers.
To try to predict whether you could be dying of a heart attack in -- years years years to come.
Doctor Kevin Campbell is a practicing cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.
-- welcome to the program how can you tell from our fingers whether we're gonna have a heart attack years from now.
This new technology is called Indo Pak and what it does is it measures the function of the linings of our blood vessels is called in the feeling.
In -- in the feeling and does not function properly.
Blood flow becomes erratic and clots can form causing heart attacks.
We can assess the function of the -- helium by using this -- in our fingertips so they take a blood.
Pressure -- and we've all have breast blood pressure taken.
And they put it on one arm and they make it really tight.
And then what -- they get.
So what we do is we measure through the fingertips.
Hopeful top pulse with how arterial.
Four -- -- -- put it in its terms we not doctors can understand.
We measure the blood flow in the fingertips I now check -- strong the blood flow in the fingertips is.
Win it's -- included or.
That the blood pressure -- is up.
And then we released the cough.
And we -- measure how quickly the blood flow returns to normal levels that's the job of the end of helium or the lining of the blood vessel.
Wouldn't it I would say well if the blood so -- you take the -- off.
Do you want to see the blood flow go back in his fingers quickly that what do you look what's gonna tell you whether I'm gonna have heart to.
He's in years.
If the blood flow does not quickly return to normal and if they ability of the the blacks to move into the fingers is not normal.
Then we know that you have dysfunction of the lining of the blood vessel and that can really result.
In significant heart problems down the road up to seven years.
How old I mean if that if you if I get that result.
And and you can get that if you are sort of a thin.
Good eat her -- you know regular exercise or this is something that you might still have a problem with corrected it and if you do.
That then what do you do.
So I think what you do then is you make sure that you see your cardiologist.
And you engage in activities that reduce your risk.
Make sure you know what your cholesterol is make sure you don't smoke make sure that you -- If you don't eat well -- you eat well make sure that you treat diabetes if you have it it's essential to.
Really get after prevention if you have an abnormal.
Test of this award how can you go get this test yet to -- -- a cardiologist.
Mostly you have to see a cardiologist this technology is not widespread.
Is relatively new but there's over a hundred clinical trials that have been done that show that this is very very.
Effective in predicting people at risk.
So I think you start with -- primary care physician and get referral to a cardiologist who uses this isn't there already some blood test you can do that tells you.
How efficient your vessels are you know looks for like particles in your blood vessels are never south cardiologists tell me that some blood test is is that.
The same is this.
It's very very different their tests that measure.
Markers in the -- -- substances in the blood that -- inflammation.
An inflammation is related to heart attack risk this is very different this is actually showing the function.
Of the lining of the blood vessels and is very novel.
You know women in particular need to think about this -- women are under treated and underserved when it comes to heart disease.
And if we're able to identify women at risk with this -- we can prevent sudden death in women are isolation or wanna give our doctors or call on -- they can do this test what are we what's the name of -- -- what -- we ask for.
It's called Indo Pak Indo PAT.
That's the name of the test you can find it on the -- have.
And it's very very easy to do it doesn't hurt -- about.
Fifteen minutes thank you so much and thank you for all good good to help you provide but at heart patients of America Hutchison.
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