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
- Scan predicts heart attack risk (bbc.co.uk)
- Can we predict a heart attack? (bhf.org.uk)