If you or a loved one has recently suffered from a heart attack, you know just how quickly your life can change in a mere instance. And although there are definitive symptoms of a heart attack such as shortness of breath, pain in your chest, tingling in your arms, and light headedness, sometimes heart attacks go undetected or they aren’t as clearly diagnosed. Luckily with non-invasive cardiac imaging such as MRI’s and CT scans, the experts at UTMB Radiology can help detect whether you have in fact suffered from a heart attack. Read on to learn more.
An MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine is used to detect and monitor heart disease, and to evaluate your heart’s overall anatomy and functionality. By using radio waves and a magnetic field, an MRI is able to take detailed pictures of the different areas of the heart in order for your cardiologist to give you a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. If you have never had an MRI or aren’t familiar with the procedure, there is nothing to be worried about. As a non-invasive scanning procedure, MRI’s are not painful. However, because you will be required to hold still while in a tunnel like chamber while the MRI takes the images of your heart, many patients suffer from claustrophobia and anxiety. If you are feeling anxious about getting an MRI, make sure to speak to your doctor beforehand and see if you can get a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication that will help to calm your nerves.
Another type of non-invasive imaging that can be done in order to detect any sort of heart disease or illness is a CT Scan. By using x-ray equipment in order to take a closer look at your heart, CT scans are pain free and easy. However, as mentioned above regarding an MRI, if you are feeling nervous about getting a CT scan, then contact your doctor beforehand in order to see if you can get a prescription anti-anxiety medication.
As the number one killer in Americans, heart disease is a terrifying illness that can strike just about anyone. If you or a loved one have recently suffered from a heart attack, your cardiologist will likely recommend that you receive either an MRI, CT scan, or both in order to get to the root of the problem. To learn more, contact UTMB Radiology today!