New Heart Imaging Method Introduced By Researchers to Predict Heart Attacks before Time
Dr. Charalambos Antoniades from the Oxford University of Britain and his colleagues reported on July 19, 2017, that they have invented an advanced method to scan a human heart and predict the amount of risk related to stroke or heart attack it has. This prediction can be done considerably before any conventional heart imaging methods or processes can do it. Before anybody knows or feels that he or she is having blocked arteries, it gets too late and the only option remains is to get a bypass surgery done. At times, a stroke or a heart attack is the first symptom. Around 750,000 people in the U.S. suffer from a heart attack every year.
This newly created heart imaging method recognizes inflamed artery lesions posing high risk to the individual. Dr. Charalambos Antoniades and his colleagues reported that their method detects all the inflamed fat cells as they start to transform into the hardened, inflamed plaques that later clog up the arteries. Dr Antoniades, in a telephonic conversation with the reporters, was quoted saying that “our innovative method allows clear detection of small and exacerbated artherosclerotic plaques in the arteries of a human heart that are at high risk of rupture and can later cause heart attack.”
If the method works well, doctors can prescribe essential medicines to their patients, way before any serious issue takes place. This will also help in saving them from developing heart diseases and decrease the number of people facing heart attacks. Apart from fat cells that cause heart issues, the primary reason that leads to heart attack is inflammation. Until the present day, there is no way one can detect or recognize inflammation in the coronary arteries of a human heart.
Doctors run various tests to monitor the risk of heart issues in their patients. They check cholesterol measures, heart rate, blood pressure, and electrical signals. The imaging test is added to check for clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack in the future.
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