Predict Your Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

How likely are you to have a heart attack or stroke? A simple blood test can help predict your risk. The PLAC® Test measures an enzyme, Lp-PLA2, that is produced when your arteries are inflamed and plaque (fatty buildup) is at risk of rupturing. When a rupture occurs, a blood clot forms over it, sometimes … Read More

Blood Test Improves Prediction of Your Heart Disease Risk

Medical researchers have known for some time that a high level of lipoprotein-a, or LP(a),  in your bloodstream is a risk factor for heart disease.  A new study has found that when added to a traditional lipid panel – a blood test that measures lipids – measurements of apparently healthy patients’ blood levels of LP(a) can help doctors more … Read More

Could a Blood Test Someday Diagnose Lung Cancer?

Doctors someday might diagnose lung cancer through a simple blood test – which would enable detection of the disease at an earlier stage and could result in more effective treatment.  Such a blood test could be the ultimate result of new research that found people with non-small cell lung cancer have different chemicals in their blood called metabolites than people who … Read More

Making Prescriptions Safer for You

What if a simple blood test could help your doctor predict whether you will experience severe, even life-threatening, side effects from a medication?  Or that the same blood test could help your doctor decide what dosage would be best to use initially? Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Personalized Healthcare is working to make it easier for … Read More

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Chat With a Doctor: Blood Thinners

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about what’s new in anticoagulation blood thinners? John Bartholomew, MD, Section Head of Vascular Medicine and Director of theThrombosis Center, will answer your questions about this medical topic. Anticoagulation Blood Thinners Live Web Chat on June 27 Live Web Chat: noon to 1 p.m. (ET) on … Read More