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Ask the doctor. I am an 84-year-old man with atrial fibrillation, mild heart failure, and well-controlled high blood pressure. My doctor had me wear a Holter monitor and get a SPECT scan (which showed mild nonischemic cardiomyopathy). Now he wants me to have a cardiac MRI. What information would this test give that he doesn't already have?

Zimetbaum P. Ask the doctor. I am an 84-year-old man with atrial fibrillation, mild heart failure, and well-controlled high blood pressure. My doctor had me wear a Holter monitor and get a SPECT scan (which showed mild nonischemic cardiomyopathy). Now he wants me to have a cardiac MRI. What information would this test give that he doesn't already have? Harv Heart Lett. 2010 Nov; 21(3):7.

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