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Noninvasive Imaging Assessment of Coronary Heart Disease

  • Udo Sechtem
  • Heiko Mahrholdt
  • Peter Ong
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Abstract

Coronary heart disease (CHD) continues to be the most frequent cause of death in Western countries and attempts at reducing the death toll lead to high expenses for healthcare systems. Testing including noninvasive imaging is frequently performed in order to detect the presence of stenotic atherosclerotic disease of the coronary arteries, which is thought to be the harbinger of doom. Early noninvasive detection is felt to be the optimal way of selecting patients who might benefit from subsequent coronary angiography. Ultimately, the aim is early intervention in the form of coronary revascularization in addition to medical therapy, with the expectation of relieving suffering and improving prognosis. Current European and US guidelines support this approach.

Keywords

Coronary heart disease Coronary angiography Noninvasive imaging Exercise stress test Cardiac computed tomography Cardiac magnetic resonance Single-photon-emission computed tomography Coronary CT angiography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Robert-Bosch-KrankenhausStuttgartGermany

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