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STSI Clinician Scholar, Dr. Evan Muse, discusses recent coronary calcium findings

Mar 01, 2013

Evan Muse, MD, PhD, of Scripps Health in La Jolla, Calif., said it was unclear whether this study will lead to a change in clinical practice “because it was known for quite some time that stroke and coronary artery disease exist along the same spectrum of disease process in terms of atherosclerosis [and] inflammation.”

Muse, who was not involved in the study, told MedPage Today that clinicians may choose to perform a calcification assessment for an individual patient to help better convey that patient’s stroke risk and induce the changes necessary to manage it.

Primary source: Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association
Source reference: Hermann D, et al “Coronary artery calcification is an independent stroke predictor in the general population” Stroke 2013; DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.111.678078.