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CARDIAC TESTING?

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  • Mcsiff@aol.com
    Ever since the sudden death of the renowned Dr James Fixx, many athletes have become aware that even the very fit can succumb to sudden death from heart
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      Ever since the sudden death of the renowned Dr James Fixx, many athletes have
      become aware that even the very fit can succumb to sudden death from heart
      disease. Consequently, some athletes have undergone the standard tests of
      cardiac function, including the most recent method of Electron-beam computed
      tomography (EBCT).

      There have been many articles on the wonders of this new heart scanning
      technique which is supposed to reveal cardiac disease well in advance of
      older techniques. The following article comments on recent findings about
      this procedure.

      New Heart Scan Not All It's Cracked Up to Be, Experts Say
      EBCT Only Appropriate for Select Few, Say Report
      By Elaine Zablocki
      WebMD Medical News

      June 30, 2000 -- Consumers who fear heart disease have been paying $600,
      $800, or more out-of-pocket for a widely advertised test that usually
      doesn't give their doctors any new information and may actually overstate
      their risk of heart disease.

      Electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT), a specialized scan of the heart,
      detects calcium deposits in the blood vessels. "This test has been
      publicized to consumers as the way to find out if you have heart disease, but
      it really can't do that," says Robert Cleary, MD. "Patients come to me who've
      seen the ads, paid their money, gotten the test, and now have second thoughts
      about it. I tell them this test's ability to predict heart disease is no
      better than widely used tests that are covered by insurance, such as the
      stress test."

      For the full article, visit the following web page:

      http://my.webmd.com/content/article/1728.58974

      Dr Mel C Siff
      Denver, USA
      mcsiff@...
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