According to the American Heart Association heart failure is diagnosed in about 5 million people each year in the United States. Cardiac MRI can help in the early detection of heart failure and ultimately save lives from this debilitating heart condition.
Cardiac MRI allows physicians to visualize and assess the health of a patient's heart with great detail and precision, previously unavailable. Blood flow through the heart muscle can be seen and if surgery will be effective in returning blood flow. Following a cardiac MRI scan, physicians will be better able to assess heart failure patients and provide the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.
Heart failure is a progressive disease that if left untreated, is ultimately fatal. The problem develops because the left ventricle, or main pumping area of the heart, becomes weak from an injury such as a heart attack. The ventricle, now out of shape and stretched thin due to compensating for the injury, is not able to pump blood properly through the body. This produces symptoms such as angina or chest pain, fatigue, swelling and shortness of breath.
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