Too many stress tests, no benefits

May 9, 2012 (CHICAGO)

People who come to the E.R. complaining of chest pain often get a stress test to determine if they likely have heart disease. But scientist's reporting in the 'Archives of Internal Medicine' found most of the time, people had a negative result on that test but rarely received treatment or suffered a heart attack later on.

They say the results showed that doctors do stress testing too often. They also found stress testing does not lower the chances of having a heart attack within the next 30 days.

As a result, they add there is no absolute way to routinely perform this test prior to discharge.

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