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Atherosclerosis imaging for risk assessment and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Authors
  • Grundy, Scott M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Progress in cardiovascular diseases
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
46
Issue
2
Pages
115–121
Identifiers
PMID: 14505286
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Imaging for atherosclerotic disease as a modality of risk assessment to guide clinical intervention for primary prevention is becoming more widely acceptable. The greatest information about risk can be obtained by combining measures of atherosclerotic plaque burden with risk factors. Both contain useful and independent information. An unresolved issue is how best to combine risk factors and atherosclerosis imaging to yield a quantitative estimate of risk. Several alternative approaches are outlined in this article. If atherosclerosis imaging is to be used as an element in risk assessment, it must be done by physicians who are well versed in the concepts of global risk assessment and who are able to adjust preventive testing and therapies in ways to be cost-effective.

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