Could it be a breakthru in predicting heart attack.
Researchers at Spectrum Health have been using new imaging technology on patients heart attacks to identify the characteristic makeup, or signatures, of arterial plaque blocking an artery that led to a heart attack. Dr Ryan Madder tells WOOD Radio knowing what type of plaque is present in narrowed arteries may help a physician determine a patient’s risk for heart attacks and may lead to options to avoid a serious cardiac event.
"We think the lipid is likely in the arterial wall well before the heart attack happens. The lipid may be one way to to detect these heart attacks before the heart attack happens."
The American College of Cardiology publication Cardiovascular Interventions is going to post publication of the Grand Rapids study on its website. Dr Ryan Madder says knowing what type of plaque is present in narrowed arteries may help a physician determine a patient’s risk for heart attack.
"If we find the signature, the spot in the artery that has not yet caused a problem, we suspect that spot may cause a problem in the future. That would be our next step."
To see a short video of Dr. Madder describing this study CLICK HERE