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|SCCT Advocacy Committee Update: March 2017|
The SCCT Advocacy Committee remains busy working to expand the implementation of cardiovascular CT in a variety of clinical practice settings. Two key initiatives are underway: 1) new preventative cardiology clinical practice pathways for the Veterans Affairs (VA) and US Army Medical Command, and 2) a SCCT expert consensus statement for the evaluation of asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with high risk occupational exposure. Both documents will ensure responsible practice methods that incorporate cardiovascular CT are delivered in the setting of occupational health evaluation.
Dr. Michael Cheezum leads the SCCT expert consensus statement for occupational health evaluation. This statement will critically review evidence regarding the prevalence of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and recommendations for screening and evaluation across various occupations considered “high risk”, including pilots, astronauts, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters. Occupational risk categories will be provided where CAC testing and coronary CTA may be appropriate to detect and manage ASCVD.
Dr. Ahmad Slim, FSCCT, in collaboration with Drs. Donald Chung and Joseph Cho (Brigadier General, US Army), lead the Preventative Cardiology and Acute Chest Pain Working Group for the VA/US Army through which preventative clinical practice pathways will be updated which incorporate cardiovascular CT where appropriate. Two key pathways will be featured in the document: appropriate use of CAC for ASCVD screening, and evaluation of acute chest pain within military, retiree and veteran populations.
These efforts highlight the positive impact of SCCT Advocacy in clinical practice. We encourage you to join us in our campaign for higher quality patient care through the responsible use of cardiovascular CT!