CT scans could be an effective way of ascertaining high risk cardiovascular conditions in care home residents.
Radiologists may be able to pre-empt heart attacks "fairly well" through incidental CT findings, such as calcifications of the aortic wall, according to researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The findings are published in the journal Radiology and indicated that a prediction model formulated for aortic calcifications discovered during CT helped to predict future events.
Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Martijn Gondrie explained: "Ultimately, this easily executed extra risk stratification has the potential to reduce future heart attacks or other cardiovascular events.
"Incidental findings are obtained without additional radiation exposure or cost to the patient and may hold valuable clues as to the patient's overall health and their risk for future disease."
Meanwhile, recent research carried out by researchers at Stanford University suggested that wider use of statins could be a cost-effective means of reducing strokes and heart attacks.
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