Can A CT Scan Determine Risk of Heart Disease?

Dr. Marc Gillinov says calcium scans have not yet demonstrated improved outcomes.
3:00 | 08/21/12

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A research studies suggest that for people who have some risk factors if you add on. A cat scan look at cal -- your heart. That additional piece of data that cats can well help us tell whether you have a high risk -- -- low risk of getting heart disease. But there there's a really important point her as well they look only at the people who are already. -- what we call intermediate risk. So they are saying in people who have. Already some risk factors. The cat scan. Gives additional information we have not yet demonstrated that getting these calcium scans. Improves outcomes. In -- one. So we would tell everyone whether you've had a scanner not. Know your LDL cholesterol. Know your blood pressure. Know your BMI -- body mass -- make sure you're not -- now for away if you've got diabetes. He'll lose weight so maybe you lose the diabetes so no matter what your skin -- knows we're gonna tell you for the most part. The same thing. And that's another reason that. I don't want -- -- rushing to get a scam. Just because a research studies suggest that it may be useful in a certain sub group of people.

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