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- Received January 11, 2007
- Revision received January 11, 2007
- Accepted January 15, 2007
- Published online May 15, 2007.
- George A. Beller, MD, MACC⁎ ()
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. George A. Beller, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, P.O. Box 800158, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounts for 65% to 80% of deaths in diabetic patients. The merits of screening asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients for either (A) the presence of coronary atherosclerosis by imaging of coronary calcification using cardiac computed tomography or (B) silent ischemia by stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) remain controversial. Some observers have advocated for such noninvasive screening in at least the subset of the diabetic population who have significant clinical CAD risk factors, so that the highest risk patients for future cardiac events can be identified and offered more aggressive intensive medical therapy or coronary revascularization and optimum medical therapy. Computed tomography coronary calcium scanning could be the first noninvasive screening test in these clinically high-risk diabetic patients, followed by stress MPI to detect silent ischemia in those who exhibit high coronary calcium scores.
- Received January 11, 2007.
- Revision received January 11, 2007.
- Accepted January 15, 2007.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation