CT angiography can help predict heart problems

19 February 2013

Coronary CT angiogram (CCTA) can help detect heart attack risk and other heart problems in people with suspected coronary artery disease, new research suggests.

The study by a team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, found CCTA is an "effective tool" in assessing for heart risk in patients with no treatable risk factors for artery disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

CCTA differs from traditional coronary angiogram procedures in that it uses X-ray, rather than an invasive catheter, to look at the arteries supplying the heart muscle with blood.

The research, published in the journal Radiology, suggests doctors could use CCTA to screen for heart problems in people with no 'modifiable' risk factors such as family history.

Dr Jonathon Leipsic, who headed up the study, said: "CCTA should be considered as an appropriate first line test for patients with atypical chest pain and suspected but not confirmed coronary artery disease."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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