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HEART SCAN DETECTS BLOCKAGES
(2007-02-27)
(wgvu) - A new computerized heart scan may start giving
doctors a faster picture of heart attack risk.
The C-T scans could help doctors determine who can go home
within just four hours and who needs more care, drastically
shortening the time patients spend waiting for tests.
Major studies of several thousand chest-pain sufferers are to
begin soon.
James Goldstein is a doctor at William Beaumont Hospital in
Royal Oak. He says the 3-D pictures of gunk-filled arteries can
motivate patients to change their risky behaviors better than
lecturing them about high blood pressure or cholesterol.
C-T angiography uses dye to illuminate artery walls and
computerized x-rays to measure blockages.
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