A complete blood count risk score may be able to predict who is at highest risk of heart problems, and get this…how long they may have to live! Would you want to know this information, could you do something to change your health, and would this serve as the best form of motivation you can get!? The answer to this is highly subjective, and right now I’m on the fence.
Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, worked with scientists at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to assess the efficacy of a tool that utilises previously underused information in a full blood test. The findings will serve to inform health care professionals enabling them to personalise medical care to improve patient outcomes.
The finer details of how this complete blood count will provide this information is yet to be fully disclosed, but the findings could significantly improve overall care, as well as help to filter out less urgent patients so that health care professionals can allocate their time more appropriately.
ScienceDaily, (2013). New Study Helps Predict Life Expectancy Using Complete Blood Count Risk Score. Retrieved 20th November, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131119100931.htm