A great way to push the message out that after 15 years, researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new blood test to help doctors determine if you are a good candidate for a heart attack. The medical breakthrough is a new blood test called the – PULS Cardiac Test- that gives early warning signs leading to coronary heart disease.
“We have been working on this breakthrough for 15 years,” said Dr. Douglas Harrington. “Tonight is the unmask the heart disease charity ball to benefit GUARDaHEART, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2011, which is dedicated to fighting heart disease.” Harrington said the new test helps identify people with heart disease. So this writer took the simple blood test at the event, which took about one minute to draw blood and half as much time to fill out the one page consent form.
The simple blood test analyzes the biological processes related to the leading cause of myocardial infarction – even in patients with subclinical (asymptomatic) Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Dr. Harrington said it’s validated in a multi-ethnic population and motivates patients to follow their doctor’s advice.
The Unmask Heart Disease 2015 OSCAR® Masquerade Ball, presented by the PULS CardiacTest, featured celebrities, dignitaries and politicians donning masks on the red carpet to “unmask” or unveil the leading cause of heart disease, how to detect it early-on and steps you can take to prevent most heart attacks. Attendees also had the chance to receive their complete cardiac profile provided by the PULS test.
February is national heart month, but Dr. Harrington said most people focus on chloresterol. “Half of all people who’ve had heart attacks had normal cholesterol levels, so we knew something else was going on. So we spent 15 years doing the research and discovered a simple blood test call the PULS Test that measures nine proteins in your blood, where we can identify unstable lesions at a very early stage,” he said. Dr. Harrington said it doesn’t replace anything your doctor is doing, “it just fills a big black hole in the way they evaluate their patients.”
Dr. Harrington told about 300 attendees that being able to detect the unstable lesion that is likely to rupture prior to the cardiac event is crucial in the area of clinical prevention. The PULS™ test and research was developed at Stanford University and other leading institutions.
Heart attacks due to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) remain the leading cause of death and disability among men and women in the U.S., but research also shows 80 percent of them are preventable with early detection and lifestyle modifications. Current methods for detecting CHD, such as cholesterol testing, often miss many people who end up having a heart attack. In fact, 50 percent of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol.
Other nonprofits benefiting from the fundraiser includes: The China California Heart Watch, which brings together experts from the America, China and around the world. Together, they use innovative methods to fight the growing epidemic of heart disease in Yunnan Province, China. MEMAH - Men Educating Men About Health is a nonprofit organization created by a group of men and directed to men. They’re dedicated to raising the awareness, importance and understanding of men’s health issues.
The fourth nonprofit benefiting from the Masquerade Ball is the Women Network, which is part of a global movement with a professional and personal focus that inspires, builds community and provides actionable information in order to make a valuable difference and encourage change. The W Network puts a spotlight on women by creating stages and platforms around the world for women.