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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast | MedEd | FOAMed | Internist | Hospitalist | Primary Care | Family Medicine


Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Jul 3, 2017

Master the evaluation of acute and chronic chest pain with coronary CT angiography (CCTA). We deconstruct this game changing technology w/experts from the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), Dr. Todd Villines and Dr. Ahmad Slim. We’ve got answers on what to do when a patient with chest pain has a prior CAC score of zero, and/or a CCTA with non-obstructive disease. Plus: how to select, prepare, and counsel patients; how to interpret reports; choosing between myocardial perfusion study and CCTA, and more!

Special thanks to Dr. Emilio Fentanes from SCCT for setting up this interview.

Full show notes available at http://thecurbsiders.com/podcast

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Case: 45 yo F active duty Colonel with chronic chest pain syndrome despite negative conventional stress test and CAC score of zero.

Time Stamps

00:00 Intro

04:00 Rapid fire questions

08:23 Book recommendations

10:14 Defining terms CCTA vs CAC

12:47 Script for counseling patient about CCTA

14:34 Prep for CCTA

16:40 Why is CCTA controversial?

19:37 Patient selection for CCTA both acute and chronic

25:20 Chronic chest pain and CCTA

27:58 CAC and CCTA in high risk occupations

33:25 Clinical case

36:10 Acute chest pain in patient w/CAC score zero

39:18 Acute chest pain in patient w/CAC score zero and previous CCTA w/non-obstructive CAD

41:22 How to read a CCTA report

45:48 CCTA versus conventional testing and risk MI, death

49:18 Use of CCTA in outpatients

52:16 Plaque characteristics and risk ACS

55:51 CCTA w/non-obstructive disease in patients with acute chest pain

58:14 When is myocardial perfusion scanning better?

61:00 Listener question on small vessel disease

62:09 Take home points

65:00 Curbsiders recap

69:33 Outro