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PULS is a simple blood test that detects the leading cause of heart attacks: unstable cardiac lesion rupture. Unstable cardiac lesions form within the artery wall over time, often without any signs or symptoms, through a process of continuous arterial injury and repair.
The PULS (Protein Unstable Lesion Signature) Test measures the most clinically-significant protein biomarkers that measure the body’s immune system response to arterial injury.
These injuries lead to the formation and progression of cardiac lesions which may become unstable and rupture, leading to cardiac event.
The PULS Test is for patients 40 years or older who have had no previous history of a heart attack (myocardial infarction). Your healthcare provider will be able to determine if the PULS Cardiac Test is right for you.
Early detection of unstable cardiac lesions and likelihood of rupture allows for critical intervention and prevention strategies.
Current diagnostic and clinical CHD tools that rely on established clinical factors often do not identify, or often underestimate, patients who are in danger of having a heart attack. In fact, over
50% of individuals presenting with a severe cardiac event have at most one clinical factor or normal cholesterol levels.
Since most heart attacks occur with no previous signs or symptoms, there is a great need to identify a high population of individuals who may have heart disease, but may not have any signs or symptoms, before they experience a cardiac event.
Your PULS test results will include:
PULS Test results will allow your physician to then determine the most appropriate course of action based on current clinical guidelines.
2 tubes of blood will be collected.
Test results will be available within 2 weeks.
50% of Heart Attack victims have normal cholesterol. That’s because multiple factors in addition to cholesterol are required to determine the underlying cause of heart attack.
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