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.
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