Cardiovascular Imaging Could Save Lives and Money - Non-Invasive
Screening Recommended by Cardiologist Association
July 10th 2006
New guidelines recommend non-invasive screening of men between the ages
of 45 and 75 and women between the age’s of 55 and 75 to assess their
coronary plaque buildup or carotid wall thickness. They recommend the
implementation of cardiovascular imaging technologies as part of a
comprehensive heart attack risk assessment and reduction strategy.
The SHAPE (Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education) Task
Force recommends this screening for men and women even if they do not
have symptoms for cardiovascular disease.
SHAPE is an international contingent of leading cardiologists and
researchers organized by the Association for Eradication of Heart Attack
(AEHA). They say this screening can prevent more than 90,000 deaths
from cardiovascular disease each year. The task force also says this
could reduce the population with a history of heart attack by as much as
25 percent. They estimate that this amounts to 13.2 million people.