A BREAKTHROUGH Test can accurately predict the risk of a Heart Attack
Experts claim 350,000 Brits a year could benefit from the checks. And they could be rolled out across the NHS in as little as two years – helping prevent tens of thousands of heart attacks.
Currently, patients experiencing chest pain are sent for CT scans. Around a quarter have blockages which are treated with surgery, but the rest are sent home. However, many of these people go on to have heart attacks. Oxford University scientists used artificial intelligence to look “beneath the surface” of routine CT scans to assess patient risk.
The new tech spots dangerous build-up of fat and scarring around the organ. It allows medics to predict the likelihood of a heart attack over the next nine years with up to 90 per cent accuracy.
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