Molecular imaging identifies link between heart and kidney inflammation after heart attack

Whole body positron emission tomography (PET) has, for the first time, illustrated the existence of inter-organ communication between the heart and kidneys via the immune system following acute myocardial infarction. According to research presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2020 Annual Meeting, the identification of a systemic inflammatory response to myocardial infarction has the potential to assist physicians in identifying patients most at risk of disease progression and most likely to respond to therapy.