When many people hear the words "heart test," the first thoughts that come to mind may not have anything to do with the laboratory. They may think of tests such a CT heart scans, coronary calcium tests and carotid artery ultrasounds, for example. But the clinical laboratory does play a part in diagnosing, managing and now even preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
"Many people think of cardiovascular testing as being performed by a cardiologist," added Doug Harrington, MD, CEO of Aviir, Irvine, Calif. "People associate things like routine blood work with their doctor's office visits . but what people don't realize is that the clinical lab can provide doctors with all kinds of diagnostic information that can help identify a disease or to find early hints that you might be getting sick."
Cardiovascular Disease and the Laboratory
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