Report: Trump's calcium score indicates heart disease

The coronary artery calcium CT score in President Donald Trump's recent medical...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Iterative recon halves CT radiation dose for calcium score CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk JACC: CT CAC scoring helps screen for CAD Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality ARRS: Ungated CT calcium scores downgrade cardiac risk
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American physicians dole out lots of unnecessary medical care to their patients. They prescribe things like antibiotics for people with viral infections, order expensive CT scans for patients with transitory back pain, and obtain screening EKGs for people with no signs or symptoms of heart disease. Some critics even accuse physicians of ordering such services to bolster their revenue. So what happens when uninsured patients make it to the doctor’s office with coughs, low back pain, or other problems? Do physicians stop ordering all these unnecessary tests and services, out of recognition that most of these patients w...
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That statement from a recent patient was a summary to me of what is bad in our health care “system.”  It’s a terrible summary of what is seen all over this country with people who must make the choice between financial solvency and health. Here’s what happened:  It was a new patient I saw, who is a veteran who owns two businesses.  He went out on his own when he “kept getting laid off.”  He has largely been successful in what he’s doing, but as is the case with many these days, he couldn’t afford health insurance.  This was especially bad because he h...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Primary Care Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs
AbstractPurpose of the ReviewThis review will discuss the current nuclear imaging techniques for defining ischemia and hibernation/viability, their advantages and disadvantages, and the data related to their use to direct revascularization decisions.Recent FindingsRecent interventional trials highlight the importance of functional imaging in trying to determine who may benefit from revascularization. Outcome benefit from revascularization has previously been shown in patients with significant ischemia, and flow quantification from positron emission tomography (PET) may allow for further risk stratification; similar data ma...
Source: Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
HeartFlow said today that it won reimbursement coverage from insurer UnitedHealthcare, which will now cover its HeartFlow FFRct fractional flow reserve analysis for its 45 million members. HeartFlow’s FFRct technology works by taking the data from a standard CT scan and applying algorithms that result in a color-coded 3D “map” detailing the changes in flow across coronary lesions. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company touted that with the new coverage, its HeartFlow FFRct is available to 235 million individuals in the US. “This decision by UnitedHealthcare underscores the significant valu...
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Researchers from the Netherlands examined the brain CT scans of patients with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Iterative recon halves CT radiation dose for calcium score Deep learning can quantify CAC on low-dose CT CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk JACC: CT CAC scoring helps screen for CAD Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality
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Conclusions: These results support the assertion that NaF PET/CT is an effective imaging modality with respect to the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic plaque deposition of the coronary vasculature.
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Advances In Imaging of Atherosclerosis Source Type: research
A low score on a coronary calcium CT scan indicates minimal calcified plaque,...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Report: Trump's calcium score indicates heart disease Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality Coronary calcium CT scans motivate lifestyle changes EISNER: Calcium CT screening predicts cardiac events Zero calcium means good outcomes, even with undetected plaques
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The cumulative exposure and risk of anesthesia, vascular access, contrast agents and radiation is emerging as a significant lifelong burden in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Latest generation computerized tomographic (CT) scanners are increasingly used for high resolution cardiovascular imaging and have both hardware and post processing radiation dose reduction strategies that can be implemented. Currently, these dose reduction strategies are not uniformly applied and there is a large variability in radiation dose used for the performance of CT in CHD.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Research paper Source Type: research
By using PET/CT to measure the level of calcium in the coronary arteries during...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Report: Trump's calcium score indicates heart disease Iterative recon halves CT radiation dose for calcium score CT CAC scoring tops age for predicting heart disease risk JACC: CT CAC scoring helps screen for CAD Coronary calcium CT scans predict mortality
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HeartFlow said on Wednesday it inked a collaborative research agreement deal with the Imperial College London for research in the areas of medical imaging and deep learning using the company’s FFRct technology. Redwood City, Calif.-based HeartFlow’s FFRct technology works by taking the data from a standard CT scan and applying algorithms that result in a color-coded 3D “map” detailing the changes in flow across coronary lesions. The collaborative project will be led by Dr. Ben Glocker and Daniel Rueckert, Heartflow said. As part of the project, a team from Heartflow will operate ...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Diagnostics Research & Development Software / IT HeartFlow Source Type: news
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