Scanning for cardiac amyloid could help predict heart attacks

June 11, 2015

While amyloid imaging is typically discussed with regard to diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, a team of French researchers, presenting at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2015 annual meeting, have found that amyloid scans of the heart can predict major cardiac events.

Amyloid can build up throughout the body, and the specific condition targeted in the study was transthyretin-type (TTR) amyloidosis, which in the heart can cause hypertension, abnormal heartbeat and chronic heart failure

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