Patients with abnormal results on cardiac scans often undertreated

01/24/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that even with moderately to severely abnormal results on PET, SPECT or CT angiography, 38% to 61% of patients were not referred for catheterization, and the use of preventive drugs such as lipid-lowering therapies, aspirin and beta-blockers was relatively low. The findings suggest that high-risk patients are undertreated, the researchers said. An earlier study by different researchers revealed that any indication of coronary artery disease uncovered with CT angiography was tied to higher mortality risk.

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