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”.