Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Patient's Bleeding Heart Pictured for the First Time; Blood Red: A Cross-Section of the Heart

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Patient's Bleeding Heart Pictured for the First Time; Blood Red: A Cross-Section of the Heart

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

SCIENTISTS have produced the first images of a heart attack taken from inside a human heart.

The team from Imperial College say their breakthrough could radically improve treatment for victims of heart attacks.

It allows doctors to see just how much internal bleeding is occurring in the patient, and means more effective treatment can be given.

For the new study, researchers captured images of bleeding inside the heart in 15 patients from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who had recently suffered a heart attack, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines.

Computer analysis of the MRI scans revealed that the amount of bleeding can indicate how damaged a person's heart is after suffering an attack.

"Our study gives us a new insight into the damage that heart attacks can cause," said Dr Declan O'Regan, who led the study.

"This new scanning technique shows us that patients who develop bleeding inside their damaged heart muscle have a much poorer chance of recovery. …

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