Jesper Møller Jensen

Population screening for coronary artery calcification does not increase mental distress and the use of psychoactive medication

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  • Anders Daldorph Nielsen
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  • Poul Videbeh
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  • Oke Gerke
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  • Henrik Petersen
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  • Jesper Møller Jensen
  • Niels Peter Sand
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  • Kenneth Egstrup
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  • Mogens Lytken Larsen
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  • Hans Mickley
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  • Axel Cosmus Pyndt Diederichsen
PURPOSE:: Detection of coronary artery calcification (CAC) has been proposed for population screening. It remains unknown whether such a strategy would result in unnecessary concern among participants. Therefore, we set out to assess whether CAC screening affects the psychological well-being of screening participants. MATERIALS AND METHODS:: A random sample of 1825 middle-aged subjects (men and women, 50 or 60 y old) were invited for health screening. The European HeartScore was calculated, and a CAC score was measured using a cardiac computed tomography scanner. Therapeutic interventions as a result of the observations were at the discretion of the individual general practitioner. Before screening and at 6-month follow-up a depression test (Major Depression Inventory) was conducted, and the use of psychoactive medication was recorded. RESULTS:: A total of 1257 (69%) subjects agreed to participate. Because of known cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus, 88 persons were excluded. Of the remaining 1169, 47% were men, and one half were 50 years old. At 6-month follow-up, significant reductions were observed in the Major Depression Inventory score from 5.3 to 3.9 (P
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Pages (from-to)202-206
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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