In the near future, your doctor may read the results from your routine blood test and decide to treat you for a disease you don’t even have…yet. For instance, biomarkers lurking in your blood panel might reveal that you are on a collision course with heart failure that may not be detected in the clinic for two more years. This early diagnosis can dramatically change the course of your life and prolong your good health.
That’s the hope for the new Sutter Health Biobank, an integrated bank of blood samples that are linked to long term patient data, which began as a project of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and has expanded across Sutter Health. Over time, analyzing this data after it is collected can help researchers find cures for common diseases, like heart disease and cancer, which account for nearly half of all deaths in the U.S. for both men and women.