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Testing women’s hearts

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Women at risk for coronary artery disease are less likely to be referred to the appropriate diagnostic test than men, Jennifer Mieres, MD, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., et al., write in the Feb. 1 issue of Circulation. Computed tomography, MRI and carotid intima-media thickness - "three relatively new and rapidly developing imaging technologies" - have not "amassed the wealth of evidence that would clearly define their role in the clinical evaluation of women with CAD," the authors write. In comments to the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Guidant has urged additional research on women and heart disease (1"The Gray Sheet" May 24, 2004, p. 20)...

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