The US Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend using treadmill
tests, resting electrocardiograms, or electron beam computerized tomography
to screen for heart disease in low-risk adults who do not have any symptoms
of the disease (Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:1-4). Instead,
the group advises physicians to continue to screen for known risks of heart
disease, including hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Potential harms from false-positive findings, including unnecessary invasive
procedures and overtreatment, exceed the potential benefits.
Hampton T. Testing for Heart Disease. JAMA. 2004;291(16):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1951-c