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Medical News & Perspectives
December 1, 1999

AHA Addresses Atherosclerosis Testing

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JAMA. 1999;282(21):1991-1992. doi:10.1001/jama.282.21.1991

Atlanta—With data showing that atherosclerosis begins at an early age, researchers are developing new tests and refining old ones to assist primary care physicians in diagnosing heart disease among asymptomatic patients.

Speaking here at the recent annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association (AHA), Sidney C. Smith, Jr, MD, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease in Chapel Hill, NC, emphasized the need for global risk assessment—the estimation of absolute risk based on the summation of risks contributed by each risk factor—to give primary care physicians a better tool to determine whether patients have heart disease.

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