What do the results of cardiac MRI tell us?

Consultant cardiologist Dr Joban Sehmi explains what the results of a cardiac MRI tell us

The cardiac MRI is a very specialist test that gives a wealth of information about the health of your heart. It is by far the best way of assessing the structures within the heart and assessing heart function.

The real strength of MRI is to look for scarring which can give your doctor some information about some of the symptoms you’re having and some of the reasons why your heart may not be working well. The MRI is also a very strong way of assessing the valves within the heart and looking for communications between the right and left side of the heart.

Lastly, an MRI, allows you to assess structures other than the heart, such as the lungs and the bag in which the heart sits the pericardium. All this information can be put together and with your symptoms, allows your doctor to come to an accurate diagnosis.

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One of the other results that may be forthcoming from an MRI is in patients who may have experienced a heart attack. An MRI is very useful in this situation because it allows us to assess the heart muscle for the extent of scarring. For example, if the heart is very scarred, then we know that the cardiologist should not send you for bypass surgery or stenting. If the heart muscle looks nice and healthy, then we know patients are likely to benefit from surgery or a stent should this be required.

I invite you to book a consultation with Many Beats if you have any concerns about your heart health, or if you’re concerned about risks for heart health going forward. We will see you in a timely fashion in a location in London, and we’ll provide you with a very streamlined service so you can get a lot of investigations done and a definitive management plan which is tailored to you as the individual.

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About the cardiologists

The Many Beats team consists of not one, but four highly experienced consultant cardiologists

Dr Navtej Chahal

Consultant Cardiologist


Navtej is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at the London Northwest NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London having qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2001. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London

Dr Navin Chandra

Consultant Cardiologist


Navin is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He is also a Consultant Cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s in 2004...

Dr Ahmed Elghamaz

Consultant Cardiologist


Ahmed is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. He also consults at Northwick Park Hospital and London North West Healthcare University Hospitals NHS Trust and is an Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He completed his junior…

Dr Joban Sehmi

Consultant Cardiologist


Joban is a Consultant Cardiologist at Many Beats. His NHS practice is at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS trust. He sees patients privately at Spire in Bushey and Bishops Wood Hospital in Northwood. He trained in medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ medical school and qualified in 2003 with numerous academic awards…