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Should All Newly Diagnosed Cardiomyopathies be Screened for Coronary Artery Disease?

Friday, March 11, 2016

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Amit Varma; Richard H. Cooke

The authors provide an excellent overview of the rationale for screening all patients with a new diagnosis of cardiomyopathy for coronary artery disease.  This rationale includes the following:

  • Two-thirds of patients with HF and reduced EF have CAD.
  • Patients with CAD may deny angina, especially diabetics and females.
  • Even without risk factors, more than 10% of HF patients have CAD.
  • The important benefit of revascularization and secondary prevention in patients with CAD.

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