Concordance between Coronary Artery Calcium and Coronary Angiography in the Detection of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy in Post Heart Transplant Patients

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality post heart transplant (HT). Coronary calcium has a sensitivity of 91% for the presence of>50% angiographic stenosis among the general population. Given the different pathophysiology of CAV and atherosclerosis, it is unclear whether visually estimated coronary artery calcification (VECAC) on CT attenuation correction (CTAC) scans can be used to detect CAV post HT and whether there is an association with long-term outcomes in patients with CAV.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: (599) Source Type: research

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