Learn about an exciting new diagnostic blood test for the heart.
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Steve Young: Motorcycle riding is probably one of the things that have kept me alive. Jennifer Matthews: Steve Young rides his Harley to the hospital for another life-saver. A simple blood test to check for heart failure. Steve Young: Pretty much saved my life. Jennifer Matthews: Last year, the test showed Steve's heart was failing. Now a portable heart pump keeps him alive. Steve Young: You got to carry it around with you everywhere you go, but, I mean, it could be worse. I could be strapped to a bed. Jennifer Matthews: Because of his illness, Steve gets more than just a check-up these days. But he still gets the simple blood test, the one that saved his life and others. Dr. Alan Maisel: If you miss the diagnosis of heart failure, you will treat them the wrong way and they could die. Doctor Alan Maisel knows the blood test works. In emergency rooms around the world, he and colleagues conducted a trial of nearly 1,600 patients. More than ninety percent of the time the test helped doctors make the correct diagnosis -- heart failure. Dr. Alan Maisel: This blood test is such a simple concept, in that it is a protein the heart makes as it starts to fail. It's like a distress hormone that's released, calling out, 'Help, I'm in trouble.' Jennifer Matthews: For Steve, The Test Lets Him Ride A Lot Easier Knowing His Heart Is No Longer Failing. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.