St. Paul's Hospital
Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, UBC
Cardiologist, Vancouver General and BC Women’s Hospitals
Director, Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic, VGH
Sex-specific prediction of the likelihood for coronary artery disease
Chest pain and/or shortness of breath with exertion are common presentations facing all practitioners and leading to frequent referrals to cardiologists and internists. Concern about underlying and potentially dangerous coronary artery disease (CAD) is often accompanied by referral for extensive diagnostic testing and imaging. Health care costs related to cardiac imaging have grown alarmingly and have been the subject of much scrutiny. Unfortunately, currently available predictive models to help clinicians determine which patients may benefit from costly imaging are underdeveloped, particularly in women. Development of a new prediction score, which includes sex-specific weighting of various factors and inclusion of factors specific to women (e.g. pregnancy-related factors), is needed. Our overall goal is to develop an algorithm for each sex that more accurately identifies obstructive CAD in both men and women, either by including different variables or by weighting variables appropriately for each sex. By more accurately assessing the pre-test likelihood of obstructive CAD in both sexes, we expect to reduce the inappropriate use of invasive diagnostic procedures, save costs and improve patient care.
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