Pioneering methods to predict heart attack wins prestigious award for BHF-funded scientist

6 June 2016        

Marc Dweck

Edinburgh cardiologist Dr Marc Dweck has received a prestigious award for his BHF-funded research, pioneering new methods for imaging the heart.

PET/CT imaging can be used to measure disease activity as it occurs in the heart with the potential to identify patients who are at high-risk of heart attacks, and to help develop new treatments for patients with heart valve disease

The Michael Davis Early Career Award

Dr Dweck was awarded the Michael Davies Early Career Award at the British Cardiovascular Society’s annual conference today.

Dr Dweck said: “I feel very fortunate to have been awarded such a prestigious award, and grateful for the backing that the BHF has provided me and my research program. I’m now more determined than ever to move forward and develop new ways of imaging the heart and to improve how we treat patients with heart disease. “

Potential to prevent heart attacks

When fatty deposits, known as plaques, build up in the arteries and rupture, it can cause a heart attack.

Dr Dweck has discovered that PET/CT imaging can identify plaques with increased disease activity. Early data suggests that these plaques may be more likely to rupture.  Ongoing studies are testing whether this approach may be useful for identifying patients who will go on to have a heart attack.  These people could then be treated to reduce their risk of a heart attack.

On average, 575 people in Scotland die from coronary heart disease every month, mostly due to a heart attack.

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