Our new CaRi-Heart® technology allows us to identify potential heart problems years before they happen, helping you to take control of your heart health before something serious develops.
When it comes to heart health, understanding your own cardiac health and identifying problems early can prevent serious issues further down the line. It’s thought that 80-90% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, and yet heart and circulatory diseases account for around a quarter of all deaths in the UK.
Our new CaRi-Heart® technology is an advanced heart health assessment tool that can help us to see whether you are showing signs of early stages heart disease or indications that it could soon develop. If the results show you to be at increased risk of cardiovascular problems, we can quickly and easily refer you to one of our specialists. Our consultant cardiologists are experts in preventative medicine and can work with you to slow the progression of your heart problems – in some cases even preventing them completely.
This service is ideal for people with pre-existing medical conditions that might put them at greater risk of heart disease, as well as people with a family history of heart problems. Your doctor can refer you to the service if they feel you have symptoms that would merit further investigation.
How does it work?
CaRi-Heart® works in conjunction with a routine CT scan of your heart. The advanced technology is able to read the scan in great detail, identifying inflammation in your heart in a way routine tests can’t. Artery inflammation is known to be a key indicator of the very early stages of coronary artery disease.
Although standard tests can check for the build up of plaque, a fatty deposit known to lead to heart attacks, this new ability to identify inflammation too means we can detect markers of coronary artery disease even earlier, where other scans would likely miss them.
Combined with analysis of other clinical risk factors, the inflammation readings are fed into a heart attack risk calculator, which puts together a highly accurate personalised risk scoring based solely on factors specific to you.
CDC prevention programs, Heart.org
Cardiovascular disease statistics UK, British Heart Foundation