CT Scan An Effective Test to Predict Heart Diseases

March 16, 2015 11:31 AM

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The largest ever study about heart imaging, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that people who got checked with a heart CT scan for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized than those who take simpler tests like treadmill test, electrocardiogram or other older exams.

The $40 million federal government funded study threw up some surprising results. It was expected that CT scans – fancy X-rays that give 3-D images of heart arteries – would prove to be the best. But they just turned out to be another alternative. These scans have been used by doctors for a decade w...

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