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Vascular Calcification Relates More to CVD Risk Than to Arterial Inflammation


Background: Vascular inflammation and calcification are believed to play a pathophysiologic role in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Vascular calcification as assessed by CT has been shown to predict cardiovascular risk. A number of studies have used positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) to assess vascular inflammation or the bone imaging agent 18 F-NaF (sodium fluoride) to assess the process of calcium deposition and have attempted to determine more...
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