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Health Agencies Update
April 28, 2004

Testing for Heart Disease

JAMA. 2004;291(16):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.291.16.1951-c

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.

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