Published on : Aug 29, 2018
The new method has developed a system which predicts heart attacks in advance by identifying the blockages in arteries. Fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries are the major blocking the flow of blood as a result of inflamed plaques. These plaques are likely to trigger a heart attack, however, early detection may lead to early treatment of the deadly diseases.
The predictive technique looks for fat-modifying chemical signals which are released by the most dangerous plaques of the arteries. Analysis of the computerized tomography (CT) scan images of the arteries which are surrounded by fats. This system is known as Fat Attenuation Index (FAI), and these findings are presented in the European Society of Cardiology Congress held in Munich, Germany.
The study was based on the progress of 3,900 heart patients based in Germany and the US. FAI was able to predict the fatal heart attacks away before they happened. The patients whose FAI reading were abnormal, those were at high risk by nine times to have a heart attack in the next five years.
More than 100,000 people to die from a heart attack each year alone in the UK. Heart disease and stroke are the two major reasons for death globally. This is an encouragement for the development of a novel technique for prediction of these diseases.
Metin Avkiran, Professor and associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation said that these are effective to spot the blockages. This could change the game as they allow to witness the risk of heart attack at an early stage and this could save many lives.