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What are the tests for coronary arteriosclerosis?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Functional vs ...

Tests for CAD are classified as functional / physiologic vs anatomic ie the mere presence of ateriosclerosis.
Heartcath and cta of coronaries(cat scan) can demonstrate blockages but not tell if its causing the pts symptoms. A stress echo or Cardiolite gives physiologic information and can point to the culpret .Usually both are employed to find and fix the pts blockage responsible for their symptom.

In brief: Functional vs ...

Tests for CAD are classified as functional / physiologic vs anatomic ie the mere presence of ateriosclerosis.
Heartcath and cta of coronaries(cat scan) can demonstrate blockages but not tell if its causing the pts symptoms. A stress echo or Cardiolite gives physiologic information and can point to the culpret .Usually both are employed to find and fix the pts blockage responsible for their symptom.
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: IVUSBest, OthersPoor

Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is the most effective; sees disease in the wall of arteries from inside out (great for research; not so good clinically).
Next best is ultrasound of major arteries near body surface in bifurcations, e.G carotid bulb & bifurcation. Other tests, while commonly done, are not good in that they do not detect the disease until after it has become quite advanced.

In brief: IVUSBest, OthersPoor

Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is the most effective; sees disease in the wall of arteries from inside out (great for research; not so good clinically).
Next best is ultrasound of major arteries near body surface in bifurcations, e.G carotid bulb & bifurcation. Other tests, while commonly done, are not good in that they do not detect the disease until after it has become quite advanced.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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