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How do you predict whether or not somebody has plaque in arteries or the heart ?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Risk factors

Age and risk factors put together can be very good predictors of atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease and stroke.
Tests such as carotid intimal thickness and coronary calcium score can be helpful in certain instances. Stress testing is used to evaluate whether atherosclerosis is limiting blood flow to the heart and is generally done to evaluate symptoms such as chest pain and dyspnea.

In brief: Risk factors

Age and risk factors put together can be very good predictors of atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease and stroke.
Tests such as carotid intimal thickness and coronary calcium score can be helpful in certain instances. Stress testing is used to evaluate whether atherosclerosis is limiting blood flow to the heart and is generally done to evaluate symptoms such as chest pain and dyspnea.
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