New Blood Test Finds Hidden Heart Disease

Researchers have developed a new method for detecting potential heart attacks, which is supposed to be more effective than the traditional methods of monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol.

The best part of all is that this methods uses a quick, easy and cheap blood test.

The method, research for which has been funded by the British Heart Foundation, has only been tested on men so far, but the researchers see no reason why it should not work on women as well.

This new method works by looking for a specific protein, called troponin, which is released when a heart muscle is damaged.

It is currently used by doctors to help them determine whether a patient has just had a heart attack or not. But researchers believe that it can be used before it ever gets to that point.

Elevated levels of troponin could signify that a patient could potentially have a heart attack in the near future. But once the protein is detected it gives doctors a chance to start administering cholesterol lowering measures in order to make the heart healthy again.

Prof David Newby who worked on the project said:

“Troponin is almost like a barometer of heart health. If it creeps up, that’s bad and your risk of heart problems increases. If it goes down, that’s good. It also appears to predict who benefits from statins and opens a door to a whole new way of testing.”

Dr Tim Chico, a cardiologist from Sheffield University, said:

“The problem with heart disease is that it remains very difficult to detect the early signs in people without symptoms, so these findings may provide a way to help identify people at risk.”

This discovery could revolutionise the way in which we treat heart conditions, which is one of the biggest killers in the UK.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What a year this has been for all here at Phlebotomy Training! 2016 has been our busiest ever year and we have trained more people than ever to be phlebotomists, all over the country.

One of the highlights of our year came right at the end, with the development of the Diploma in Phlebotomy. We are so proud to give phlebotomists to achieve a prestigious qualification in this valuable health service.

Next year looks to be much of the same with courses in January already selling out. If you want a new career in the new year you may need to hurry up!

To finish we just want to a huge thank you to everyone who chose to train with PTS this year. It is our students that make our job what it is, and why we love to come into work every day. So from all of us at Phlebotomy Training Services, to all of you, Merry Christmas and a happy new year!


Scottish Parliament to Debate One Year ban on Gay Men giving Blood

In a recent article we spoke about Scottish MPs reviewing the ban prohibiting men who have had sex with men from donating blood for 12 months after they have had sex.

The law, as it currently stands, prohibits men from donating blood for a 12 month period if they have had sex with another man, protected or not. However a similar ban does not stop hetero-sexual couple from donating, even if they had unprotected sex.

We are pleased to report that the matter is scheduled to be debated in parliament in Scotland for the first time. The debate won cross table support and was scheduled to be debated on 29/11/16.

The ruling that prohibits homo-sexual men from donating is a leftover from when we did not have the testing facilities that are available to us now. It is thought that the interim period could be brought down to as little as three months.

This would bring it in-line with organ, stem cell and bone-marrow donations. As there is currently a shortage in blood donations nationwide it is hoped that, along with promoting equality, it will also create an increase in donations.

Currently the rules on blood donation are dictated by sexual orientation, rather than sexual practices, which is clearly an outdated way of approaching such a subject. Therefore this could very well be the first step in updating the procedures for blood donation across the board.

Phlebotomy Training Services are one of the leading providers of phlebotomy training in the country. Since we were founded in 2007 we have enabled thousands of people to begin their careers as qualified phlebotomists.

As well as helping people on their first steps into phlebotomy we also provide professional training to people already working within the health care sector in whatever factor, helping them perfect their skills.

To find out more about the services we provide just call us on 01609 751 610.