Posts Tagged ‘CT angiography’

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March 23rd, 2015

Putting PROMISE in Greater Context

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The PROMISE trial, which was presented and discussed in a Journal Club forum at ACC.15, prompted some interesting discussion when CardioExchange covered it as a news story on March 14. Dr. Daniel B. Mark, one of the PROMISE investigators, now sheds further light on the trial in response to questions from CardioExchange news writer Larry Husten. […]


March 14th, 2015

Has CT Angiography Lived Up to Its Early Promise?

Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) enjoyed an explosion of growth over the past decade or more, fueled by enthusiasm for its ability to deliver speedy, high-resolution images of the coronary arteries. Many anticipated that CTA would prove its worth and justify its expense and radiation dose. As explained by one cardiologist, Duke University’s Dan Mark, with […]


March 14th, 2015

Assessing the Diagnostic PROMISE of CT Angiography

Pamela S. Douglas discusses the PROMISE randomized comparison of CT angiography with functional exercise testing in more than 10,000 patients with chest pain.


December 8th, 2014

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: December 8th

This week’s topics include the surgical treatment of moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation, the Mediterranean diet and telomere length, and more.


August 19th, 2013

Look Before Leaping to Conclusions About Bush’s Stent

Ajay Kirtane shares his thoughts on the publicity surrounding Bush’s stent and what it means for the public perception of PCI.


October 1st, 2012

Selections from Richard Lehman’s Literature Review: October 1st

This week’s topics include exercise and mortality in those with diabetes, BP targets in those with type-2 diabetes, and the diagnostic accuracy of FFR from CT angiography.


July 25th, 2012

ROMICAT-II Provokes Opposing Views on CT Angiography in the ED

For patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS), CT angiography (CTA) compared to standard treatment can reduce the time in the emergency department (ED), according to results of the ROMICAT-II (Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer-Assisted Tomography) trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, CTA resulted in more tests being performed and increased radiation exposure. One […]


April 13th, 2012

CT Angiography for Safe Discharge of Patients

(Reprinted with permission from NOW@NEJM, a blog for physicians about the New England Journal of Medicine) Chest pain is the second most common reason for Emergency Room visits in this country, and although only 10-15% of patients admitted with chest pain are ultimately diagnosed with an acute coronary syndrome, the majority of patients get admitted. So […]


March 26th, 2012

CT Angiography to Rule Out CAD in Chest-Pain Patients

Each year, 6 million people in the U.S. arrive at the emergency department (ED) with acute chest pain. Although only 10% to 15% of them turn out to have an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), most are admitted to the hospital. Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has been proposed as a good method to quickly establish the presence […]


January 19th, 2012

CT Angiography Found Less Helpful in Patients With High Calcium Scores

Computed tomography angiography (CTA) has been proposed as a less invasive method to exclude obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), but no consensus has been achieved about its clinical role in different patient subsets. Now a new report published in JACC from the CORE-64 (Coronary Artery Evaluation Using 64-Row Multidetector Computed Tomography Angiography) study shows that CTA may not be […]