London Bridge Hospital announce revolutionary blood test
This innovative test shows an index of inflammatory changes in the blood vessels, which have been strongly linked to cardiovascular disease. The end results clearly and concisely display information on whether the patient is at low, medium or high risk.
Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in England; therefore speed is a crucial factor when it comes to diagnosis and assessing the best treatment methods. Patients can be referred to a Consultant Cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital by their GP if their lifestyle is deemed to include the common risk factors associated with cardiac disease such as smoking, cholesterol and relevant family history. The Cardiologist will initially assess the patient to determine whether they require PLAC test that can be carried out at the hospital. Results are available rapidly, within 24 to 48 hours. With their risk level determined, patients can then be referred back to their Cardiologist for further investigation and a tailored treatment regime (including preventional lifestyle measures) can be put in place.
Commenting on PLAC, Alan Rayner, Chief Clinical Perfusion Scientist at London Bridge Hospital notes; “PLAC testing is a ground-breaking step for both the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions. It provides valuable information, which allows cardiologists to provide the very best guidance when it comes to future prevention and treatment.”
Dr Clifford Bucknall, Consultant Cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital expands on this; “The enablement of early detection and clearer accuracy will help cardiac teams at every stage of the care pathway to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for their patient’s existing cardiac condition, and reduce their risk of developing more serious, and in some cases fatal, complications.
After PLAC testing, high-risk patients receive support from physiotherapists and dieticians to advise on rehabilitation and nutritional changes necessary to reduce their risk of further damage. The advice provided is tailored to each patient using the risk factor revealed in his or her PLAC results as a guide.”
The test compliments London Bridge Hospital’s already renowned cardiac service department, which covers the full patient pathway and includes all areas from diagnostic services to surgery and recovery.