Saturday, March 14, 2015

New studies discount the effectiveness of heart stress tests

NBC News has an interesting story and video on the efficacy of stress electrocardiograms, vs. other tests like computerized tomography, by Bill Briggs, link here

The story includes cases where stress tests (as well as resting electrocardiograms) were relatively normal, but tomography found severe blockgage, after only vague chest discomfort.  In the cases reported, a male patient got emergency coronary bypass surgery at age 50.
David Letterman did that in 2000, not being allowed to go home from the doctor’s office.  Esquire drew a cartoon of him as a member of the “Zipper Club”.
Wikipedia attribution link for p.d. photo by BlueOctane of stress test in progress, here. 

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