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Novel method to predict fatal heart disease

New York: A novel method called stress cardiac MRI can not only diagnose heart disease but can also predict which cases are potentially fatal, suggests a new research. The study showed that predicting mortality is a key requirement for the technology to be more widely used. In addition, results suggest cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has the potential to be a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterisations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of the coronary artery disease. “We’ve known for some time that CMR is effective at diagnosing coronary artery disease, but it’s still not commonly used and represents less than one per cent of stress tests used in this country,” said senior author Robert Judd, co-director of the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center in the US. (IANS)

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