Comparison of the Value of Coronary Calcium Detection to Computed Tomographic Angiography and Exercise Testing in Patients With Chest Pain

Koen Nieman, Tjebbe Galema, Lisan Neefjes, A.C. Weustink, P Musters, Adriaan Moelker, Nico Mollet, Rikstje Visser, Eric Boersma, Pim Feijter

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The aim of this study was to investigate the value of coronary calcium detection by computed tomography compared to computed tomographic angiography (CTA) and exercise testing to detect obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with stable chest pain. A total of 471 consecutive patients with new stable chest complaints were scheduled to undergo dual-source multislice computed tomography (Siemens, Germany; coronary calcium score [CCS] and coronary CTA) and exercise electrocardiography (XECG). Clinically driven invasive quantitative angiography was performed in 98 patients. Only 3 of 175 patients (2%) with a negative CCS had significant CAD on CT angiogram, with only 1 confirmed by quantitative angiography. In patients with a high calcium score (Agatston score >400), CTA could exclude significant CAD in no more than 4 of 65 patients (6%). In patients with a low-intermediate CCS, CTA more often yielded diagnostic results compared to XECG and could rule out obstructive CAD in 56% of patients. For patients with CAD on CT angiogram, those with abnormal exercise electrocardiographic results more often showed severe CAD (p <0.034). In patients with diagnostic results for all tests, the sensitivity and specificity to detect >50% quantitative angiographic diameter stenosis were 100% and 15% for CCS >0, 82% and 64% for CCS >100, 97% and 36% for CTA, and 70% and 76% for XECG, respectively. In conclusion, nonenhanced computed tomography for calcium detection is a reliable means to exclude obstructive CAD in stable, symptomatic patients. Contrast-enhanced CTA can exclude significant CAD in patients with a low-intermediate CCS but is of limited value in patients with a high CCS. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (Am J Cardiol 2009;104:1499-1504)
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1499-1504
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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