This new study is comparing two different heart imaging tests to look for disease in the heart arteries, otherwise known as angina. These imaging tests include a CT of your heart arteries compared to a type of ultrasound scan known as a stress echo which will be combined with an ultrasound of your neck arteries (Carotid ultrasound). All these tests are used commonly around the world, but we hope by combining both stress echo and carotid ultrasound together we can create a test that tells us even more information in one go so you can get the best treatment for you. People who take part will be allocated randomly to one of the two tests to make the results as reliable and fair as possible. We will also ask you to do a short questionnaire over the telephone at the beginning and 6 and 12 months later.
You may have received a message from our research team about the study because you will soon be reviewed in the hospitals Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic. If the clinic team think you need a specific test after your appointment you will receive further information from the research team about participating in the study. They will then call you to talk about it some more and you can decide if you want to take part. This is voluntary and you don’t have to take part if you don’t want to.
You can not put yourself forward for the study directly, the research team will contact you if they think you may be able to take part depending on your medical history.