The Heart Attack Predictor

Today’s UK News featured a new imaging technique that could find people at highest risk of a Heart Attack:

  • When fatty deposits, known as plaques, build up in the arteries and rupture it can cause a Heart Attack.  The new test detects the fatty plaques on the brink of rupture.  There is currently no way to identify these.
  • In the UK, 200 people die each day from a Heart Attack.

The research that resulted in this breakthrough was funded by the British Heart Foundation.

I already know from my angiogram that one of my arteries is partially blocked.  I also know that a rupture to the plaque in another of my arteries caused my Heart Attack.  The good news is, the various drugs I take each day will reduce the chances of me having a repeat episode.

It’s easy for me to forget what I’ve been through and how lucky I was to be treated so quickly and efficiently.  It’s also too easy for all of us to take medical advances for granted.

Today’s News served as a reminder for me: a reminder of my good fortune, and a reminder of why it’s important for me to keep training, complete my ride and raise some cash for the British Heart Foundation.

Please feel free to chip in:  http://www.justgiving.com/heartattackwaitingtohappen

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