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Screening for occult coronary artery disease with radiographic detection of coronary calcification.
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PMID:  10579064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Coronary atherosclerosis is ubiquitous among adults, yet many afflicted persons will suffer no coronary events. Atherosclerotic plaque formation in the coronary arteries is a dynamic process, and the onset of a coronary event is often unheralded, sudden, and lethal. In addition, it is known that the amount of calcification in the coronary arteries correlates with the amount of atherosclerosis in different persons and, to a lesser degree, in segments of the coronary tree in the same person. Radiographic imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, electron-beam computed tomography, and helical computed tomography, can detect coronary calcium and seem to be able to diagnose coronary atherosclerosis. However, data on the relationship between quantity of coronary calcium and event likelihood are limited. Thus, the diagnostic value and, particularly, the prognostic value of calcium detection are controversial and may be applicable only to certain subgroups of patients.
D Joo; T M Doherty; R C Detrano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0268-4705     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-05     Completed Date:  2000-01-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  485-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance 90502, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Calcinosis / radiography*
Cardiomyopathies / radiography*
Coronary Angiography / methods*
Coronary Artery Disease / radiography*
Coronary Vessels / pathology
Mass Screening / methods
Sensitivity and Specificity

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