The power of imaging for better heart health
Plaque build up in the arteries is the main cause of heart attack and stroke, and is detectable through different types of imaging.
What is plaque?
The combination of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other substances in the blood can form plaque. Plaque then slowly builds up and hardens in the arteries, causing them to narrow.
There are different types of plaques – hot plaques and cold plaques, and it’s the hot plaques that cause heart attacks. The cyclotron located at SAHMRI now enables Professor Nicholls and his team to identify the different types, and the activity of these plaques.
Imaging assisting with the advancements of treatment
The imaging tools being utilised by the Heart Health team assist with the risk assessment of heart attack in patients, provide a better understanding of current drugs, and importantly, progress the development of new and improved drugs.
Professor Nicholls is affiliated with The University of Adelaide.