Posts Tagged ‘CAC’

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December 11th, 2014

Triple-Vessel Disease in an Asymptomatic Man: CABG, PCI, or Medical Management?

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Amit Shah presents the case of a 66-year-old, physically active, nondiabetic man with no symptoms who was tested for coronary artery calcium and received an unexpectedly high score.


February 4th, 2014

Blood Pressure Trajectory Over 25 Years Predicts Atherosclerosis Risk

Everyone knows that blood pressure is one of the most important measurements of cardiovascular risk. Less well known is that most studies of blood pressure have relied on single or isolated measurements of blood pressure. Few studies have even attempted to examine the significance of blood pressure patterns over a long period of time. Now, in […]


November 9th, 2011

Obstructive Lesions Found in Patients with Calcium Scores of Zero

A small but significant number of symptomatic patients with calcium scores of zero have obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Todd Villines and colleagues studied 10,037 symptomatic patients without known CAD enrolled in the CONFIRM (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter) registry who […]


August 26th, 2011

The Power of Zero on JUPITER

This voluntary contribution from Dr. Nasir, the principal investigator of a recent study published in the Lancet, is an extension of his remarks in a recent panel discussion Background: The study showed that people with low LDL levels and high C-reactive protein levels may benefit from coronary artery calcium scans to identify the folks who are most likely to […]


August 22nd, 2011

CNN, ABC, and NBC Dumb Down the News About CV Screening

An analysis of recent health news coverage in the mainstream media: “Exit complexity. Enter stupidity.”


August 22nd, 2011

Panel: Coronary Calcium vs. CRP for Predicting Cardiovascular Events

Drs. Paul Ridker and Sanjay Kaul offer their perspectives on a new coronary artery calcium/C-reactive protein study, published in the Lancet, and three of the study authors respond. The study showed that people with low LDL levels and high CRP levels may benefit from CAC scans to identify the folks who are most likely to […]


August 19th, 2011

Is Coronary Calcium Better Than CRP for Predicting CV Events?

A new study suggests that people with low LDL levels and high CRP levels may benefit from coronary artery calcium (CAC) scans to identify those who are most likely to benefit from statin therapy. In a paper published in the Lancet, Michael Blaha and colleagues analyzed data from 950 people enrolled in the Multi-Ethnic Study […]


March 4th, 2011

Legislating CVD Screening Tests in Texas

Imaging tests for cardiovascular risk assessment hold great promise.  Both coronary artery calcium (CAC) scanning and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) testing have been shown in multiple prospective studies to predict cardiovascular outcomes and, more recently, to improve risk reclassification based upon the Framingham Risk Score.  Coupled with frustrations about the performance of the Framingham Risk […]