News | Blood Testing | September 07, 2017

Florida Medical Center First in State to Offer High Sensitive STAT Blood Test

Nine-minute test designed to aid in faster diagnosis of heart attacks

Florida Medical Center First in State to Offer High Sensitive STAT Blood Test

September 7, 2017 — In July, The Heart Institute at Florida Medical Center became the first hospital in the state of Florida to offer the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared high sensitive Elecsys Troponin T Gen 5 blood test (Troponin T Gen 5 or TnT Gen 5) to aid in the diagnosis of heart attacks.  The new nine-minute test offers faster answers clinicians can use when diagnosing heart attack.

“This next-generation Troponin T assay from Roche Diagnostics allows clinicians to make better choices when identifying heart attack and thereby enhances our diagnostic abilities for our patients, especially as we use the gender-specific cutoffs,” said Louis Isaacson, DO, director of emergency services at Florida Medical Center. “Using the TnT Gen 5 test, we can rule in or rule out cardiac disease; in particular, acute myocardial infarction.”

Every 43 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction (AMI), which occurs when the blood supply to an area of the heart is interrupted. The longer the heart is without proper blood supply, the greater the damage. Troponin, a specific marker of cardiac cell death, is released into the blood stream when cardiac cells are being damaged. By detecting small elevations of troponin, the highly sensitive Troponin T Gen 5 test aids in the diagnosis of a heart attack and can help save lives.

Using the hsTnT (TnT Gen 5) test, in combination with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and clinical signs of inadequate blood supply, allows emergency department physicians to stratify patients according to risk in order to determine the best care plan for individual patients.

“Our goal is to be able to send more patients home for outpatient cardiology follow-up rather than have them deal with an unnecessary hospitalization, said Trey Abshier, CEO of Florida Medical Center. “We want to focus on continuing to set the standard for the diagnosis and treatment of acute cardiac problems in the state in order to better serve the patients who entrust us with their care.”

For more information: www.usdiagnostics.roche.com

Related Content

NIAID Scientists Illuminate Mechanism of Increased Cardiovascular Risks With HIV
News | Cardiac Diagnostics| September 14, 2017
September 14, 2017 — Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have expanded the understanding of how chronic i
Marijuana Associated With Three-Fold Risk of Death From Hypertension
News | Hypertension| September 14, 2017
Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to research published recently...
News | Cardiac Diagnostics| September 12, 2017
Contracting shingles, a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, increases a person’s risk of stroke and heart attack,...
Vascular screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease and hypertension during the VIVA Study in Denmark

Vascular screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease and hypertension during the VIVA Study. Photo credit: Lisbeth Hasager Justesen, Viborg Hospital.

News | Cardiac Diagnostics| September 12, 2017
September 12, 2017 — A new screening program for vascular disease saves one life for every 169 men assessed, accordin
PURE study may cause revision of fat intake guidelines for cardiology.
Feature | ESC| September 07, 2017
September 7, 2017 — Researchers at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress called for a reconsideration of
Heart Failure Patients, Clinicians Have Differing Perceptions of Risk Level
News | Heart Failure| September 06, 2017
September 6, 2017 — Physicians identified a majority of patients with advanced...
Advances in FFR, FFR-CT, was the most popular cardiology story in August 2017.

The most popular article in August was about advances in fractional flow reserve (FFR) technologies. The image shows Philips' new version of its iFR system that displays hemodynamic pressure drop points in an overlay on live angiographic images, matching up the iFR readings with corresponding lesions.

Feature | September 01, 2017 | Dave Fornell
September 1, 2017 — Here is the list of the most popular articles and videos on the Diagnostic and Interventional Car
Sponsored Content | Videos | Cardiovascular Ultrasound| August 30, 2017
This video educational session, provided in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), is title
HeartSciences Announces CE Mark and European Launch of MyoVista High Sensitivity ECG

Just as a Doppler radar color image shows the energy of a storm, MyoVista provides physicians a detailed visual image of the energy distribution during the cardiac cycle.

News | ECG| August 22, 2017
HeartSciences announced the European launch of the MyoVista high sensitivity electrocardiograph (hsECG) Testing Device...
ASNC and SNMMI Release Joint Document on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cardiac Sarcoidosis
News | Cardiac Imaging| August 18, 2017
August 18, 2017 — The American Society of...
Overlay Init