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CT Scan For Heart Risk Splits Doctors

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 1:07pm

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For hundreds of thousands of Americans, the first sign of heart disease is when their heart stops.

It's a situation that has cardiologists constantly searching for better ways to detect heart problems sooner. On Tuesday, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that a test using a CT scan could lead to answers for many of the 33.5 million Americans deemed to be at intermediate risk of heart problems.

Yet the scan is not without its drawbacks -- a fact that has some doctors skeptical as to whether this test should be offered more widely.

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