Should A First Responder Have a CT Angiogram or a Conventional Angiogram?
Many Florida First Responders only find out they have heart blockage when they are taken on an emergency basis to the hospital with chest symptoms. What kind of testing will you have? A 64 sliced or CT angiography that produces Buzz Lightyear quality 3-D images of the heart and blood vessels or the gold standard invasive angiogram?
In a fascinating article in the New York Times on December 2, 2008 by Roni Caryn Rabin entitled “Cardiologists Debate Expensive Heart Scans” you can learn about the differences in these tests and the “rancorous debate” by cardiologists about these tests.
It has been suggested that the CT angiography “could be a good screening test for patients not known to have heart disease who devlop sudden chest pain.”
It also pointed out that the real question is whether CT scans “improve patient outcomes.” If you are suspected of having heart disease it was suggested that the angiography is more appropriate.
Nancy Cavey, a Pinellas County based Florida First Responder attorney suggests you look at this article and consult with your doctor about which test is appropriate for you.
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