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Edinburgh scientists discover 'hidden heart disease' in heart scan that could lead to change in NHS guidelines – Edinburgh News

Wednesday, 30 March, 2022

Edinburgh scientists discover 'hidden heart disease' in heart scan that could lead to change in NHS guidelines – Edinburgh News

In the first study testing heart imaging techniques in type 2 heart attack patients, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found that performing a combination of heart scans on patients who are suspected of having a type 2 heart attack can drastically increase diagnosis of underlying heart conditions

 
The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation found that performing a combination of heart scans on patients who are suspected of having a type 2 heart attack can drastically increase diagnosis of underlying heart conditions, opening the door to immediate treatments that could prevent a second heart attack.
A ‘traditional’ (or type 1) heart attack happens when one of the small arteries supplying blood to the heart becomes blocked, which starves the heart muscle of oxygen and nutrients, and leads to damage.
However, a type 2 heart attack – which accounts for 15 per cent of patients with damage to their heart 2 - does not involve a blockage. It occurs with illnesses that put the body under stress and when the oxygen being breathed in cannot meet the demands of the heart. This puts the heart under additional strain and can happen with conditions such as pneumonia, heart rhythm problems, or very low blood pressure.
Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/edinburgh-scientists-discover-hidden-heart-disease-in-heart-scan-that-could-lead-to-change-in-nhs-guidelines-3629385

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