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Non-Invasive Tests Superior for Predicting Cardiac Events

Study compares non-invasive testing to risk factor assessment for predicting future cardiac events

WEDNESDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- A disease score developed from completion of several non-invasive tests may better predict future cardiac events than a risk factor assessment such as the Framingham 10-year risk scores, researchers report in the July 29 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Jay N. Cohn, M.D., and Daniel A. Duprez, M.D., of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, describe their global model for assessing vascular and cardiac health by identifying early disease using seven vascular and three cardiac functional and structural tests. All tests are performed in one hour by one technician in a single room.

The investigators have screened over 1,500 patients with one-third of the patients in low-, intermediate- and high-risk categories, respectively. The authors indicate that their preliminary data is superior to the Framingham 10-year risk scores for the prediction of future morbidity.

"In our judgment, additional studies of screening strategies, including patient outcomes, are needed before recommending any form of routine cardiovascular disease screening for the asymptomatic patient," write the authors of an accompanying editorial.

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