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June 2, 2015

CT Angiography Links Arterial Plaque with Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

Non-calcified arterial plaque is associated with diabetes, high systolic blood pressure and elevated "bad" cholesterol levels in asymptomatic individuals, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has emerged as a viable screening option for plaque, including non-calcified plaque. CCTA can capture the full anatomic map of the coronary arteries in a single heartbeat with low radiation dose and provide a complete picture of the total amount of plaque throughout the arteries of the heart.

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