Study: 'Breath Print' Could Detect Heart Failure

Created: 03/25/2013 3:45 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

Imagine being able to detect heart failure with a single breath.

That’s a reality, according to new research.

Cleveland Clinic researchers say patients with heart failure have a different “breath print.” They typically have higher levels of organic compounds acetone and pentane.

This research could help heart failure patients get better treatment, and it could lead to our breath revealing a lot more about our health.

"We are starting to recognize that our breath has thousands of molecules in it, and these molecules can tell us a lot about our state of health or disease,” Dr. Raed Dweik of Cleveland Clinic said.

The complete study is in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.