J Clin Outcomes Manage
Prognostic value of coronary artery calcium screening
Kalia NK, Budoff MJ
Abstract Objective: To summarize the known data about coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring and event prediction with electron beam tomography and spiral computed tomography. Methods: Review of the literature, including MEDLINE and abstracts from recent radiology and cardiology meetings. Results: The predictive ability of CAC for future coronary events was clearly demonstrated in several studies. Furthermore, benefit was seen with regards to patient compliance. Conclusion: CAC scoring is a well validated risk assessment tool and represents a major advance in screening for coronary artery disease. Cardiologists and primary care physicians should be educated on the ways to incorporate this screening tool into clinical practice. Additionally, more research must be done in the future regarding CAC progression and the impact of our various treatments for coronary artery disease.
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