#46: Chest pain, coronary CT angiography, and coronary artery disease
Published July 3, 2017
68 min
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    Master the evaluation of acute and chronic chest pain with coronary CT angiography (CCTA). We deconstruct this game changing technology w/experts from the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), Dr. Todd Villines and Dr. Ahmad Slim. We’ve got answers on what to do when a patient with chest pain has a prior CAC score of zero, and/or a CCTA with non-obstructive disease. Plus: how to select, prepare, and counsel patients; how to interpret reports; choosing between myocardial perfusion study and CCTA, and more!

    Special thanks to Dr. Emilio Fentanes from SCCT for setting up this interview.

    Full show notes available at http://thecurbsiders.com/podcast

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    Case: 45 yo F active duty Colonel with chronic chest pain syndrome despite negative conventional stress test and CAC score of zero.

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    00:00 Intro

    04:00 Rapid fire questions

    08:23 Book recommendations

    10:14 Defining terms CCTA vs CAC

    12:47 Script for counseling patient about CCTA

    14:34 Prep for CCTA

    16:40 Why is CCTA controversial?

    19:37 Patient selection for CCTA both acute and chronic

    25:20 Chronic chest pain and CCTA

    27:58 CAC and CCTA in high risk occupations

    33:25 Clinical case

    36:10 Acute chest pain in patient w/CAC score zero

    39:18 Acute chest pain in patient w/CAC score zero and previous CCTA w/non-obstructive CAD

    41:22 How to read a CCTA report

    45:48 CCTA versus conventional testing and risk MI, death

    49:18 Use of CCTA in outpatients

    52:16 Plaque characteristics and risk ACS

    55:51 CCTA w/non-obstructive disease in patients with acute chest pain

    58:14 When is myocardial perfusion scanning better?

    61:00 Listener question on small vessel disease

    62:09 Take home points

    65:00 Curbsiders recap

    69:33 Outro

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