Doctors find clue in quest to predict heart attack

March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am in Grand Forks Herald

Most heart attacks happen when fatty deposits in an artery burst open, and a blood clot then forms to seal the break. If the clot is too big, it blocks off blood flow. The problem: Today’s best tests can’t predict when that’s about to happen. Wednesday, Scripps researchers reported a new lead by searching people’s blood for cells that appear to flake off the lining of a severely diseased artery. Continue Reading