Heart Failure Detected by Breath Test

4:53 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA 9) -- Breath tests are no longer just a way to see if you need an extra mint, but now, they are a way to detect heart failure.

A new study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has found a correlation between a person's breath and his or her risk of heart failure.

Researchers studied 25 patients who were admitted for heart failure.  They also studied a control group that consisted of 16 patients who were admitted for non-cardiac reasons.

The patients were instructed to exhale into a mouthpiece.  Then, researchers were able to measure a blend of volatile organic compounds, which can be found in any person's breath.  

The study found a significantly higher level of acetone and pentane in patients who had suffered from heart failure opposed to those without heart problems.

The study concluded that this "breathprint" distinguishes heart failure patients from other patients.  The "breathprint" equation classified all patients with heart failure correctly.  However, researchers believe more tests could be done due to the study's small sample size.

According to the American Heart Association the warning signs of heart failure include: shortness of breath, persistent coughing or wheezing, swelling, fatigue, increased heart rate, confusion and lack of appetite.

But now, all you may need is one breath for a fast and accurate diagnosis.  

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