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      Prognostic value of cardiac computed tomography angiography: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

      Journal of the American College of Cardiology

      Sensitivity and Specificity, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, mortality, Coronary Artery Disease, radiography, Coronary Stenosis, Humans, Myocardial Ischemia, Myocardial Revascularization, Prognosis, ROC Curve, Coronary Angiography, methods

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          The purpose of this study was to systematically review and perform a meta-analysis of the ability of cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to predict future cardiovascular events and death. The diagnostic accuracy of CCTA is well reported. The prognostic value of CCTA has been described in several studies, but many were underpowered. Pooling outcomes increases the power to predict rare events. We searched multiple databases for longitudinal studies of CCTA with at least 3 months follow-up of symptomatic patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) reporting major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), consisting of death, myocardial infarction (MI), and revascularization. Annualized event rates were pooled using a bivariate mixed-effects binomial regression model to calculate summary likelihood ratios and receiver-operating characteristic curves. Eighteen studies evaluated 9,592 patients with a median follow-up of 20 months. The pooled annualized event rate for obstructive (any vessel with >50% luminal stenosis) versus normal CCTA was 8.8% versus 0.17% per year for MACE (p < 0.05) and 3.2% versus 0.15% for death or MI (p < 0.05). The pooled negative likelihood ratio for MACE after normal CCTA findings was 0.008 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.0004 to 0.17, p < 0.001), the positive likelihood ratio was 1.70 (95% CI: 1.42 to 2.02, p < 0.001), sensitivity was 0.99 (95% CI: 0.93 to 1.00, p < 0.001), and specificity was 0.41 (95% CI: 0.31 to 0.52, p < 0.001). Stratifying by no CAD, nonobstructive CAD (worst stenosis <50%), or obstructive CAD, there were incrementally increasing adverse events. Adverse cardiovascular events among patients with normal findings on CCTA are rare. There are incrementally increasing future MACE with increasing CAD by CCTA. Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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