Nuclear Cardiology

  • Xu Cheng


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major problem for health of human being. A report [1] from the American Heart Association (AHA) showed the 2009 overall rate of death attributable to CVD was 236.1 per 100,000. In 2009, coronary heart disease (CAD) alone caused about 1 of every 6 deaths in the United States; 386,324 Americans died of CAD. Each year, an estimated of about 635,000 Americans have a new coronary attack, and about 280,000 have a recurrent attack. CVD causes the huge medical expenses and brings the heavy burden to the society. The total direct and indirect cost of CVD and stroke in the United States for 2009 is estimated to be $312.6 billion. CVD costs more than any other diagnostic group [1]. In China, the mortality of CVD is increasing significantly during past three decades, especially for CAD [2]. From 1984 to 1999, the age-adjusted mortality attributable to CAD increased by 41% in 35–74-years-old male population and increased by 39% in female. In 2000, the mortality attributable to CAD was 71.3 per 100,000 for the urban population and 31.6 per 100,000 for the rural population. In 2009, the mortality attributable to CAD increased to 94.96 per 100,000 for the urban population and 71.27 per 100,000 for the urban population [2]. Nuclear cardiology is a mature and widely used diagnostic imaging method and involves a variety of imaging approaches, such as myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), myocardial metabolic imaging, radionuclide cardiac blood pool imaging, cardiac receptor, etc. Nuclear cardiology plays an important role for CAD and other CVD diagnosis, differential diagnosis, evaluation of treatment response, and assessment of outcome [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xu Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear MedicineThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingP. R. China

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