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Silent heart disease common, easily identified with at-home questionnaire


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AHA 2020
Reuters Health - 17/11/2020 - About 40% of middle-aged adults have silent coronary atherosclerosis on coronary CT angiography (CCTA), according to results of the Swedish CardioPulmonary BioImage Study (SCAPIS). Using a home-based questionnaire "we can with reasonable precision predict who has widespread coronary-artery disease without requiring healthcare resources and we hope that these findings can be developed into a future screening strategy," Dr. Goeran Bergstroem of Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, in Sweden, said during a November 13 press briefing at the American Heart Association (AHA) 2020 virtual scientific sessions. The SCAPIS cohort includes more than 30,000 men and women aged 50 to 64 years with no history of heart attack or cardiac intervention. Of these, 25,182 underwent CCTA. Evidence of silent coronary-artery disease (CAD) was found in 42% of participants; 5% had severe subclinical CAD. "These individuals have atherosclerosis that...


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