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Nuclear cardiology and heart failure.
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PMID:  19672592     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The prevalence of heart failure in the adult population is increasing. It varies between 1% and 2%, although it mainly affects elderly people (6-10% of people over the age of 65 years will develop heart failure). The syndrome of heart failure arises as a consequence of an abnormality in cardiac structure, function, rhythm, or conduction. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of heart failure and it accounts for this disorder in 60-70% of all patients affected. Nuclear techniques provide unique information on left ventricular function and perfusion by gated-single photon emission tomography (SPECT). Myocardial viability can be assessed by both SPECT and PET imaging. Finally, autonomic dysfunction has been shown to increase the risk of death in patients with heart disease and this may be applicable to all patients with cardiac disease regardless of aetiology. MIBG scanning has a very promising prognostic value in patients with heart failure.
Raffaele Giubbini; Elisa Milan; Francesco Bertagna; Fernando Mut; Marco Metra; Carlo Rodella; Maurizio Dondi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1619-7089     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Nucl. Med. Mol. Imaging     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140988     Medline TA:  Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2068-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Brescia, Piazza Spedali Civili 1, 25123 Brescia, Italy.
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