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  • RSNA 2017 Press Releases Spotlight Mammography, Myocardial Fibrosis

    Preview press releases of sessions featured at RSNA 2017.

    November 21, 2017

    Women Prefer Getting Mammograms Every Year
    Women prefer to get their mammograms every year, instead of every two years, according to a new study from Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. The research team surveyed 731 women (mean age 59). Women were asked whether an abnormal mammogram or breast biopsy causes emotional harm, whether screening every two years was associated with less or more anxiety, and whether they preferred to have a screening mammogram every other year or every year. Of the women surveyed, 71 percent preferred getting screened every year. In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a controversial recommendation that women at average risk be screened every two years, beginning at age 50.

    Male Triathletes May Be Putting Their Heart Health at Risk
    Competitive male triathletes face a higher risk of a potentially harmful heart condition called myocardial fibrosis, or scarring of the heart, according to research conducted at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. The condition can progress to heart failure. The researchers studied a group of triathletes, including 55 men, average age 44, and 30 women, average age 43. The study group underwent contrast-enhanced cardiac MRI exams. Evidence of myocardial fibrosis was apparent in the left ventricle — the heart’s main pumping chamber — in 10 of 55 of the men, or 18 percent, but in none of the women. The athletes with myocardial fibrosis had completed significantly longer total, swimming and cycling distances and had higher peak exercise systolic blood pressure.

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