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Looking at images of their own calcified coronary arteries may be a wake-up call for patients with newly diagnosed coronary artery disease to change their lifestyles, according to research presented at EuroHeartCare 2015.

The aim of the prospective, randomized, controlled study was to assess the influence of visualization of coronary artery calcification in addition to standard information about risk and lifestyle modification on plasma cholesterol concentrations and other risk factors in patients with hyperlipidaemia and a new diagnosis of non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

The study included 189 patients with hyperlipidaemia who had undergone a coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) of their coronary arteries and been diagnosed with non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Risk factors were measured at baseline and 6 monthslater.

The intervention group lost 1.5 kg on average while the control group gained an average of 0.5 kg. There was a tendency towards a higher degree of adherence to statin therapy in the intervention group.