Harvard Heart Letter

Choosing an appropriate heart test

Ask the doctor Q. My friend, who has a family history of heart disease, recently had chest pains. The doctor ordered an exercise stress test on a treadmill, which was normal. His daughter insisted on a cardio PET scan, which showed that he needed triple bypass surgery. He had the surgery and is doing well and has no more chest pain. If stress tests arenít conclusive, why use them? How can people make sure…

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