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Question: Are MRI reports an acceptable data source for Evidence of Atherosclerosis?

Do you consider ischemic changes found on brain MRI’s diagnostic of atherosclerosis, and can such reports be used as a data source for Evidence of Atherosclerosis?


Diagnostic reports, such as brain MRI, can be used as a data source for Evidence of Atherosclerosis.

If the medical record contains documentation of *ANY* Evidence of Atherosclerosis, select "Yes". Documentation of conditions listed as inclusions, select "Yes". Documentation of an inclusion(s) and exclusion(s), also select "Yes". This data element is defined so that "Yes" will be selected more often than "No".

The Stroke Prevention by Aggressive Reduction in Cholesterol Levels (SPARCL) study examined the effects of statins to lower LDL cholesterol in patients with stroke or TIA of atherosclerotic origin, and demonstrated that statin therapy was associated with a dramatic reduction in the rate of recurrent ischemic stroke and major coronary events.

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Focus area(s): Chart Abstracted Measure Specifications – Clinical
Related documents: STK-06,

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