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UKE presents new, reliable aid for diagnosing severe heart attacks

Algorithm for calculating risk of cardiac arrest developed in Hamburg

Researchers at the University Heart and Vascular Center in the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) have developed a swift, safe diagnostic aid called the “Compass MI” for identifying severe heart attacks. The risk calculator breaks with previous diagnostic methods and is available online for cardiologists, the New England Journal of Medicine reported.

Fast and reliable diagnostics

Until now, patients suspected of having a severe heart attack had to wait up to 12 hours for a definite diagnosis. The risk calculator makes this possible in about one hour. “We have broken with the concept for diagnosing a severe heart attack as laid down in the medical guidelines,” said Prof. Dr. Stefan Blankenberg, Medical Director of the University Heart and Vascular Centre. The new diagnostic aid does not require a fixed threshold for troponin concentration in the blood, but the increase in the troponin values during the measurement period.

New concept

To develop Compass MI, researchers collected data from more than 22,000 patients in 13 countries worldwide. Then, the algorithm was developed in Hamburg. Dr. Johannes Neumann, Clinic for General and Interventional Cardiology of the University Cardiovascular Centre, said: “We harmonized the worldwide data and then used it as a common data set for the analysis. 

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Melissa KnausJuly 11, 2019
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