If you’re having health problems, getting an MRI is an easy, painless way to check for a variety of conditions that can be difficult to diagnose with other methods. An open mri machine can detect various health problems and provide clear images of body tissue that help with difficult diagnosis of many health conditions.
Many health problems can’t be seen well with ultrasound, X-rays, and CAT scans. One of those conditions is heart problems. Coronary artery disease is commonly caused by blocked blood vessels or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This condition, known as atherosclerosis, is one of the most common types of heart disease. It often goes undetected by people who have it, but it is the leading cause of angina and heart attacks.
When your arteries are narrowing or clogged, arterial plaque can build up causing symptoms like heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating and nausea. Since these symptoms are linked to a variety of less serious health conditions, many people don’t suspect heart problems. An ECG is often done to detect heart conditions such as irregular heart beats, abnormal heart rhythms, and blocked arteries. According to the National Institutes of Health, MRI is more effective than ECG for detecting silent heart attacks, those that often have no signs or symptoms. Silent heart attacks are more common in older adults, especially those with diabetes. Research shows that people who have silent heart attacks usually have high risk factors including high blood pressure and blocked arteries with plaque buildup, but many are not on medications. An open mri machine is very helpful in identifying these problems in older adults.
If you suspect that you may have a heart condition such as atherosclerosis, talk to your doctor about having an MRI. The exam can take less than one hour, depending on the type of problems you are having. It’s an hour well-spent to diagnose heart problems that could take your life. A silent heart attack can happen suddenly, without warning, so talk to your doctor and keep your heart healthy.