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Diabetic patients without coronary artery calcium (CAC) are at a relatively low risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) despite the duration of their diabetes, according to new a new study in JAMA Cardiology. The research suggests CAC scores could be a useful addition to global assessment tools for CHD risk stratification in patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

A noninvasive test for fractional flow reserve derived from CT (FFRCT) is a better predictor of revascularization and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) than CT angiography (CTA), according to a study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. FFRCT could also prevent unnecessary invasive coronary angiographies (ICAs), the study’s authors wrote.

Low-dose colchicine therapy can favorably remodel coronary plaque following acute coronary syndrome (ACS), reducing one of the major predictors of future cardiovascular events, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Clinicians could predict the long-term neurological outcomes of cardiac arrest survivors with something as simple as a follow-up MRI, a study published this week in Radiology states.

First-degree relatives of patients with early onset coronary artery disease (CAD) had nearly six times the amount of total coronary plaque when compared to age-matched, symptomatic controls, putting them at increased risk of adverse cardiac events, according to a new study from Denmark.

 

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Coronary artery calcium carries prognostic value for patients with diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Diabetic patients without coronary artery calcium (CAC) are at a relatively low risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) despite the duration of their diabetes, according to new a new study in JAMA Cardiology. The research suggests CAC scores could be a useful addition to global assessment tools for CHD risk stratification in patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Noninvasive FFRct imaging a better predictor of outcomes than CT angiography

A noninvasive test for fractional flow reserve derived from CT (FFRCT) is a better predictor of revascularization and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) than CT angiography (CTA), according to a study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. FFRCT could also prevent unnecessary invasive coronary angiographies (ICAs), the study’s authors wrote.

Colchicine treatment reduces coronary plaque following ACS

Low-dose colchicine therapy can favorably remodel coronary plaque following acute coronary syndrome (ACS), reducing one of the major predictors of future cardiovascular events, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Follow-up MRI predicts neurological outcomes of cardiac arrest patients

Clinicians could predict the long-term neurological outcomes of cardiac arrest survivors with something as simple as a follow-up MRI, a study published this week in Radiology states.

Genetic factors comparable to stroke, diabetes in development of CAD

First-degree relatives of patients with early onset coronary artery disease (CAD) had nearly six times the amount of total coronary plaque when compared to age-matched, symptomatic controls, putting them at increased risk of adverse cardiac events, according to a new study from Denmark.

CT angiography at referring hospitals could improve transfer decisions for stroke patients

In a recent study published by JAMA Neurology, a team of researchers analyzed how imaging techniques could inform decisions on whether to transfer stroke patients to centers capable of blood clot removal.

5 reasons imaging is a crucial component of cardio-oncology

Imaging can be an important part of the treatment process for cancer patients dealing with potential heart problems, Mary Norine Walsh, president of the American College of Cardiology, said at this year’s American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Annual Meeting.

Researchers ID best techniques for cardiac risk stratification in kidney transplant candidates

Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and coronary CT angiography (CTA) are the best predictors of all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients awaiting kidney transplantation, according to a new study in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Pericardial fat—not liver fat—associated with higher cardiovascular disease risk

Fat surrounding the heart, and not liver fat, is associated with poorer cardiovascular disease outcomes and adverse left ventricular remodeling, according to new research in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

Ground Control to Dr. Tom: Patient Exploration in an Era of Space-Age Radiology

Being a radiologist today can feel a bit like being on the Starship Enterprise: you have all these Star-Trek-like tools at your disposal – devices and applications with the ability to produce incredibly sophisticated digital images and insights that we couldn’t have imagined even twenty years ago. This technology and advanced visualization capabilities have fundamentally changed the way we obtain important diagnostic information and provide value for patients. But the reality is, it gets lonely in space. Behind this technology are people – and people still seek a meaningful human exchange, especially patients undergoing potentially stressful imaging exams. The irony of our situation is that, for all of us humans in the imaging spaceship, technology has become a barrier to meaningful care, even as the images that technology helps us acquire wield unprecedented clinical value.

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