A chemical compound present in urine can help doctors check patients for some types of heart disease, researchers from the University of Glasgow said in the most recent issue of the Journal of Hypertension.
The researchers said that urinary proteomic testing for coronary artery disease produced a high degree of certainty in diagnosis. The characteristic complex proteins present in urine indicated coronary artery disease with 95 percent confidence, according to the study. They added that the test "might also be useful for monitoring the effects of therapeutic interventions."
Hypertension and coronary artery disease are serious health conditions which can lead to numerous subsequent problems. They can even prove fatal if allowed to proceed unchecked, experts say, which is why consumers should make sure to received regular checkups from their primary physician, and go to specialists for more intensive testing if necessary.
Beyond the positive health effects which can be realized from catching such medical conditions early, consumers can also save money on their life insurance coverage if they have a consistently clean bill of health.