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  •  From what I can gather... (1+ / 0-)
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    mikidee

    the recommendations re the Heart Scan are inconclusive. On Mayo's website, they suggest it only for those at moderate risk (10-20% chance of heart event within 10 years) and not for high or low risk. According to this calculator I'm in that moderate risk category. The test is only $100 which is a lot less than when I got it 15 years ago so I'll give it serious consideration.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:12:19 AM PST

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    •  Yes ... The key is where you stand in the risk (0+ / 0-)

      Assessment. Many of the tests not recommended for the symptomatic general public are absolutely indicated if you have the correct risk factors. CT lung cancer screening is a perfect example - very appropriate for a certain subset of heavy smokers, but not so much if you don't have the history to justify it.

      So - if after talking with a knowledgable doc, you think the benefits outweigh the risks (which include inappropriate and unnecessary further testing with all the medical and financial risks associated with thoe additional tests), then by all means - go for it.

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