CT angiography efficacy in chest pain assessment

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada. When a person presents to the emergency room with chest pain a battery of tests and monitoring are done to determine if the patient is experiencing a heart attack. For some patients, these tests are not conclusive but doctors are reluctant to let them return home without further testing.

Doctors at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan published in the Feb. 27, 2007 Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the first randomized scientific study comparing CT angiography with the standard testing approach to chest pain diagnosis. Joining us today to talk about CT angiography and the results of this study is

  • Dr. James Goldstein, director of cardiology research and medical education at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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