Harvard Health Letter

Are high tech heart tests best?

High-tech imaging tests that use computed tomography (CT) scans to determine heart health are becoming popular. However, the scans are far from perfect. Abnormal results do not necessarily mean a person will have a heart attack, and normal results are no guarantee against a heart attack. These new imaging tests may have a valuable role when used for patients who are at intermediate risk, according to traditional risk factors. If the imaging test results are abnormal, that can push a person into a high-risk group. Then, based on that reclassification, the person can be treated.
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