Pilot Study of Coronary Artery Calcification by Computerized Tomography as Non-Invasive Predictor of Coronary Artery Disease in Asymptomatic Elderly Diabetics
This article was originally published by Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd. and was migrated to Scientific Scholar after the change of Publisher.
75-80% mortality in diabetics result from coronary artery disease. Helical computed tomography is a noninvasive technology for evaluating the extent of coronary artery atherosclerosis by detecting coronary artery calcium. In our study, we analyzed the data of CT scans in 25 diabetic and 25 nondiabetic population, who are > 70 years. We found calcium density > 400 HU is more in elderly asymptomatic diabetics (75%) when compared to nondiabetic elderly patients (20%), which is statistically significant (p=0.03). Therefore, screening such high risk population is warranted, so as to take early preventive steps and decrease morbidity and mortality.