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ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW TEST TO LOOK AT ARTERIES IN THE HEART MAY ASSESS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DIABETES TREATMENTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Ultrasound is now being used to asses the coronary arteries, the ones that supply the heart with blood.  A recent study employed the technique to determine how effective treatments to manage metabolic syndrome and diabetes were in stabilizing or reducing blockages in these arteries.  Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, is cautiously optimistic.

SAUDEK:  This technique seems to get right at the lesion you’re trying to prevent. This gets right at the problem you ’re trying to prevent which is this coronary artery blockage.  Now there’s also a lot of question raised about whether it’s the thickness of the wall or whether it’s a clot in the artery that’s causing the problem, so it’s not entirely definitive that it’s the thickening of the wall that’s the main problem.              :23

Because the technique doesn’t involve radiation it may offer distinct advantages over some other imaging methods.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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