Author in the Room: Comparison of Novel Risk Markers for Improvement in Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Intermediate-Risk Individuals

September 2012 Author in the Room® Teleconference
Author: Philip Greenland, MD
Summary Points:
  • In comparison to other competing biomarkers and risk factors, coronary artery calcium (CAC) is currently the most potent risk marker of subclinical CHD.
  • CAC was shown in several observational studies to improve the prediction of risk beyond traditional risk factors.
  • In this JAMA paper CAC outperformed various competing risk assessment markers among asymptomatic people at intermediate risk for CHD.  Whether CAC should be used in routine clinical practice, however, is still a matter of personal opinion or further research.
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