Gene test that could save lives of heart operation patients05 January 2012
Doctors at London Bridge Hospital have developed a new screening test that could identify those at risk of complications of forming blood clots following heart surgery.
More than 120,000 people undergo coronary artery procedures a year, including heart surgery and angioplasty. It is vital that following the procedure, patients take blood-thinning drugs to prevent the formation of blood clots, which can cause a new heart attack or stroke. However recent studies have shown that about a third of patients have a genetic defect to prevent the drug from working.
Doctors and scientists at London Bridge Hospital have developed a new screening programme to identify those at risk.