Harvard Heart Letter

Heart treatment designed just for you

Biomarkers help individualize care for heart attack and heart failure.

If you have a heart attack or suffer from a heart condition, you can expect to be treated according to protocols that have proved effective in large groups of people. But individual variations in symptoms and responses to treatment are common.

Until recently, doctors have lacked ways to identify these differences. But thanks to the emergence of blood tests that can measure special proteins, protein fragments, and hormones, heart-attack survivors and people with heart failure are beginning to receive care tailored to their needs.

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