Breakthrough scan can predict risk of heart attacks five years in advance

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A NEW scan can predict heart attack risks five years in advance.

Experts say the “game-changing” advance spots problems in one in ten patients currently getting the all-clear.

A 'life-saving' new scan can predict risk of heart attacks five years in advance
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A ‘life-saving’ new scan can predict risk of heart attacks five years in advance[/caption]

It scours ordinary CT scans to detect missed warning signs.

Updated guidelines will call for 300,000 at-risk Brits to be tested with it.

Oxford University study chief Prof Charalambos Antoniades said: “It may transform prevention. It measuring risk currently missed.

“Knowing who is at increased heart attack risk may let us intervene.”

Experts say the 'game-changing' advance spots problems in one in ten patients currently getting the all-clear
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Experts say the ‘game-changing’ advance spots problems in one in ten patients currently getting the all-clear[/caption]


Heart attacks are caused by fatty deposits called plaques that block arteries.

The research was unveiled at a European Society of Cardiology summit in Munich.

Prof Metin Avkiran of the British Heart Foundation, which funded the study, said: “Most scans are good at spotting blockages from large plaques but not smaller, high-risk ones. This new technique could be a life-saving game-changer.”

Doctors could give patients in peril stronger drugs or closer monitoring — cutting the 100,000 yearly UK deaths from heart attacks and related strokes.