Posts Tagged ‘coronary artery calcium’

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February 16th, 2015

Case: Rising Coronary Artery Calcium in a Patient Who Has a Normal Stress Echo with an Abnormal ECG

A 74-year-old physically active man exercises daily, takes a statin for hyperlipidemia, and has no other risk factors aside from a mildly elevated hemoglobin A1c. His most recent lipid profile, in January 2015, was: Total-c: 144 mg/dL LDL-c: 84 mg/dL HDL-c: 48 mg/dL Triglycerides: 59 mg/dL His coronary artery calcium scores were 109.5 in the year […]


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.


January 20th, 2014

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: January 20th

This week’s topics include coronary artery calcium density and the risk for incident CV events, dietary fiber intake and the risk for CV disease, and more.


December 10th, 2013

Co-Chairs of CVD Risk Guidelines Discuss a Difficult Case

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Fellow Eric Lindley presents a challenging case to David Goff and Donald Lloyd-Jones, co-chairs of the new 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk.


October 29th, 2013

Using CAC Scores to Determine the Best Candidates for a Polypill

Khurram Nasir discusses his research group’s JACC study, which examines whether the coronary artery calcium score can be used to determine the target population for a polypill.


August 27th, 2012

When Does a Risk Marker Make the Mark?

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Three prevention experts comment on two recent studies of cardiovascular risk markers. Does coronary artery calcium scoring now make the grade for routine use?


August 21st, 2012

Cardiovascular Risk Prediction: Two More Studies, Little Progress

Two studies published in JAMA provide new data — and, perhaps, some additional clarity — about using additional markers to help improve risk prediction for coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). In one study, Joseph Yeboah and colleagues used data from 1330 intermediate-risk participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)  to analyze the prognostic value […]


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

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 […]