Combined evaluation of CAC score and myocardial perfusion imaging in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease: where are we and what do the data say

J Nucl Cardiol. 2023 May 10. doi: 10.1007/s12350-023-03288-2. Online ahead of print.


Advances in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) over the last decades have led to a marked reduction in mortality for CVD. Nevertheless, atherosclerosis leading to coronary artery disease and stroke remains one of the most common causes of death in the world. The usefulness of imaging tests in the early identification of disease led to identify subjects at major risk of poor outcomes, suggesting risk factor modification. The aim of this article is to analyze the state of art of combined imaging in patients at risk of CVD referred to MPI evaluation, to highlight the present and potential features able to provide incremental prognostic information to help clinicians in patient management and to reduce adverse events.

Keywords: CAD; Hybrid imaging; MPI; atherosclerosis.

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  • Review