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New way of reading scans can predict heart attack risk, research finds

THE GUARDIAN: Researchers says colour of fat surrounding a heart’s arteries can predict risk, meaning expensive drugs can be given to those most likely to benefit. Heart attacks may soon be easier to predict thanks to a method of reading routine heart scans that can pinpoint those most at risk, research suggests. Every year, roughly 750,000 Americans have a heart attack and around half die from it, often before reaching hospital. In the UK, someone has a heart attack every seven minutes. Doctors hope to identify the highest risk patients so they can be given preventative treatment and advised to adopt lifestyle changes.


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