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Published on 15 April 2008

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New heart diagnosis centre opened


A new imaging centre has been opened in the UK which will transform the way heart disease is diagnosed, an expert has said.

World renowned cardiologist and Medical Director of The British Cardiac Research Trust (BCRT), Professor Avijit Lahiri, has announced the launch of a new Clinical Imaging and Research Centre (CIRC) at The Wellington Hospital.

The Centre combines the expertise of a world-leading cardiologist with a scanning service that can accurately diagnose up to 99% of all cases of coronary artery disease (CAD), including those in the benign stage.

Professor Lahiri said: “The centre can potentially save thousands of lives. Coronary Artery Disease – the silent killer – is a volcano lying dormant and waiting to erupt; it is the most common cause of death in the UK, killing one in five men and one in six women annually.

“By diagnosing and treating heart disease in the early benign stages, we can reduce these figures and transform the prognosis of this disease. I am excited with the potential of this unit and believe it provides an unparalleled service in Europe.”

CIRC uses the latest and most sophisticated Dual-Source & Dual-Energy CT scanner which lasts about 15 minutes and does not require the patients to stop any of their regular medications prior to the scan.

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