New Heart Ultrasound Test Identifies Women at Risk for CAD
June 19, 2007 - Stress echocardiography, a heart ultrasound performed during stress testing, is a more accurate method for identifying women at highest risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) than traditional stress testing and clinical risk factors, according to a report released at the 18th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).
Because women often do not show the classic symptoms of heart attack, such as sweating, chest pain or shooting arm pain, it is more difficult to identify when they have blockages in arteries.
“Our study shows that stress echocardiography can stratify women at the highest risk of coronary artery disease into those that are at risk of having a heart attack or cardiac death. This allows women to receive more focused and appropriate treatment that is customized to their specific risk level and outcomes,” said Dr. Farooq A. Chaudhry, director of Echocardiography, associate chief of Cardiology, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.