Doctors Have Patients Skip Stress Test Before Heart Surgery

October 15, 2008

University of California, San Francisco researchers have found that many doctors skip having a patient go through a stress test before heart surgery.<br /> .........Boston (ChattahBox) – University of California, San Francisco researchers have found that many doctors skip having a patient go through a stress test before heart surgery.

A stress test is supposed to be carried out before a procedure is done to unblock an artery in the heart.

The procedure is known as PCI or percutaneous coronary intervention, and is quite expensive.

The stress test is done to check the health of the patient to see if the surgery can be handled or if it is necessary.

The study was led by Dr. Grace Lin and checked up on insurance claims in 2004 from beneficiaries of Medicare.

Overall, less than 50% of patients who had the procedure had a stress test before it took place.

The new study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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