Atherosclerosis imaging for risk assessment and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

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Imaging for atherosclerotic disease as a modality of risk assessment to guide clinical intervention for primary prevention is becoming more widely acceptable. The greatest infomation about risk can be obtained by combining measures of atherosclerotic plaque burden with risk factors. Both contain useful and independent information. An unresolved issue is how best to combine risk factors and atherosclerosis imaging to yield a quantitative estimate of risk. Several alternative approaches are outlined in this article. If atherosclerosis imaging is to be used as an element in risk assessment, it must be done by physicians who are well versed in the concepts of global risk assessment and who are able to adjust preventive testing and therapies in ways to be cost-effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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