Cardiac CT vs. Stress Testing in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease: Review and Expert Recommendations

Amir Ali Rahsepar, Armin Arbab-Zadeh

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Abstract

Diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease represent a major challenge to our health care systems affecting millions of patients each year. Until recently, the diagnosis of coronary artery disease could be conclusively determined only by invasive coronary angiography. To avoid risks from cardiac catheterization, many health care systems rely on stress testing as gatekeeper for coronary angiography. Advancements in cardiac computed tomography angiography technology now allows for the accurate noninvasive visualization of coronary artery disease, challenging the role of stress testing as the default noninvasive imaging tool for evaluating patients with chest pain. In this review, we summarize current data on the clinical utility of cardiac computed tomography and stress testing in stable patients with suspected coronary artery disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29
JournalCurrent Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 17 2015

Keywords

  • Cardiac computed tomography angiography
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Single-photon emission tomography
  • Stress imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology

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