NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A clinical study released online by the European Journal of Heart Failure, a publication of the European Society of Cardiology, demonstrates the value of using Nanosphere's (Nasdaq:NSPH) Verisens™ cTnI assay (RUO) to detect very low levels of troponin I in hospitalized patients with heart failure.*
The research, conducted at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in San Diego, was part of the "Veterans Affairs Effects of Therapy" study. In addition to the VA, there were investigators from UCSD and the Cleveland Clinic. The study employing the Verisens™ assay for troponin I involved 144 patients discharged with acute heart failure, who were followed for 90 days.
Both the BNP and the Verisens™ cTnI assay were tested on blood drawn at admission, discharge, and up to four consecutive days while hospitalized. The new Verisens™ cTnI assay could quantitatively measure troponin I in more than 99% of blood samples. Even at low concentrations, troponin I in the higher quartiles identified increased risk of death and re-hospitalization for patients. Additionally, patients who had rising levels at any concentration while treated in the hospital, had a higher risk of death. Of further note, these results were statistically significant for the Verisens™ cTnI assay, but not for BNP.
"These results are already proving the value of the Nanosphere Verisens™ technology's unmatched sensitivity to measure protein biomarkers, such as low levels of troponin I in heart failure patients," emphasized Winton Gibbons, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Nanosphere.
Additionally, Dr. Alan Maisel, an investigator on the study and well-know expert in biomarkers for heart failure comments that, "We have proven serial sampling of high sensitivity troponin levels in patients admitted for acute heart failure will accomplish two things. First, it will help rule out occlusion of a coronary artery (low levels of troponin) as a cause for decompensation. Secondly, it will help risk stratify patients. Eventually this will allow us to use these high-sensitive levels to target with newer 'anti-ischemic' drugs."
The study can be found at http://eurjhf.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/12/13/eurjhf.hfq210.
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According to the Heart Failure Society of America (HSFA), the condition is common and affects almost five million Americans. It is the only major cardiovascular disorder on the rise. The HSFA estimates 400,000 to 700,000 new cases annually, and that the number of deaths has more than doubled since 1979, to approximately 250,000 per year. Heart failure is a disorder whereby the heart muscle is weakened, and the condition continues to get worse over time, with less than 50% of patients alive after five years.
About Verisens™ Troponin (RUO)
Verisens™ Troponin (RUO) assays is a blood test for the high-sensitivity detection and quantification of cardiac troponin I. Currently, it is intended to be performed as a testing service for research use only (see research-use notification below).
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Nanosphere is also engaged in validating protein biomarkers for cancer, Alzheimer's and rheumatology, independently and with commercial collaborations.
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