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  • 08.12.10

    New Preventive Cardiac Disease Screening Guidelines SHAPE-ing Up

    Health Imaging & IT

    The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), which drew some controversy in 2006 when it published guidelines calling for screening a wide population of men and women with noninvasive imaging, is taking another look at the progress in heart disease predictors in order to refine and update those guidelines. The first SHAPE guidelines established standards for implementation of scientifically proven atherosclerosis tests to detect subclinical disease in the coronary and carotid arteries, and recommended the tests be incorporated into routine screening for all asymptomatic men aged 45 to 75 years and asymptomatic women aged 55 to 75 years, except for those defined as very low risk because of the absence of known risk factors. These guidelines became the basis for the Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill, signed into law in Texas in August 2009.

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