Development of a cardiovascular calcification index using simple imaging tools in haemodialysis patients.

@article{Muntner2007DevelopmentOA,
  title={Development of a cardiovascular calcification index using simple imaging tools in haemodialysis patients.},
  author={Paul Muntner and Emiliana Ferramosca and Antonio Bellasi and Geoffrey A. Block and Paolo M Raggi},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2007},
  volume={22 2},
  pages={508-14}
}
BACKGROUND Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is highly prevalent in haemodialysis patients and is associated with cardiovascular outcomes. Though cardiac computed tomography (CCT) is accurate, it is not widely available. METHODS We developed a cardiovascular calcification index (CCI) to predict the presence of CAC for haemodialysis patients using simple in-office techniques. Prevalent haemodialysis patients (n = 140) underwent CCT imaging for CAC, a lateral abdominal X-ray for calcification… CONTINUE READING