Microbubbles may help detect heart disease

Microbubbles could be used as a less invasive method of detecting heart disease or a risk of stroke before they become serious ailments.

Researchers attached antibodies to tiny bubbles and injected them into pigs with heart disease, and used an ultrasound to detect where the bubbles had attached themselves to inflammation in the pigs’ arteries.

The procedure’s success with pigs means it could potentially be used on humans, and scientists hope to begin human trials if additional studies in the next few years are successful.

Read more at University of Missouri