It was not that long ago that the only tools available to physicians to assist in the diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions were a stethoscope and a simple electrocardiogram - W.A. Zoghbi MD


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Radiation from CT, other cardiac tests can be a problem

If you have a heart condition or concern, your doctor may discuss different ways to diagnose or monitor it, including an electrocardiogram (ECG), cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram (ultrasound), radionuclide stress test, coronary CT angiogram, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging, or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests provide valuable guidance in diagnosing and treating heart disease.

But some of them also expose you to ionizing radiation, which can potentially damage cells and increase the risk of cancer. Although no direct link between cardiac imaging tests and cancer has been confirmed, doctors are taking steps to limit the amount of radiation these…

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