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EBCT May Help To Detect Otherwise Hidden Heart Disease In Older Adults, Find University Of Pittsburgh Researchers

ionwide. Dr. Newman recommends that older adults in this age range might have a low AAI measured if the information can help determine whether drug treatment for their disease is really needed. Dr. Newman said it is uncertain what cut-off to use for the other tests used in this study.

According to Dr. Newman, "EBCT would probably be most useful in people who have no evidence of disease or to confirm known risk factors. I have a woman patient in her early 70s who is very active. She swims every day. She has high cholesterol, about 300 mg/dL, and a sister who had a heart attack at age 60. You would think she'd be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease; but after testing by EBCT we saw almost zero calcifications. She must be 'immune' to arterial build-up. I would not give her drugs to reduce her cholesterol."

Dr. Newman concluded, "About 10 percent of the whole population in this study had minimal to no evidence of atherosclerosis. This is the clearest demonstration yet that you don't have to get cardiovascular disease."


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Contact: Franki Williams
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412-624-2607
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
25-Mar-1999


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