THI Researchers Introduce Method for Earlier Identification of Patients at High Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke Due to Inflamed Arterial Plaque
Researchers in the Department of Molecular Cardiology at the
Texas Heart Institute (THI), in collaboration with investigators at
Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) and The University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center, have developed a promising non-invasive
imaging technique that could help detect inflammation in plaque
buildup in coronary arteries long before patients experience
symptoms of cardiovascular disease.
Coronary artery disease develops when plaque accumulates in a
coronary artery leading to hardening of the artery
(atherosclerosis). This accumulation prevents blood flow to the
heart, causing coronary artery disease. Inflammatory cells
contribute to plaque formation and may be important determinants in
acute events like heart attack and stroke.
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