Chicago—As the debate continues over
the value of using computed tomography (CT) to screen for coronary artery
disease, reality marches on.
Researchers still do not know definitively whether detection of coronary
calcium with CT prompts lifestyle changes that reduce long-term cardiac risk
or, more importantly, improves outcomes. In the meantime, the public, spurred
in part by savvy marketing by facilities with CTs, clamors for the procedure.
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