Majority Of Angioplasty Patients Do Not Get Stress Test

October 16, 2008

New studies have been released which reveal that the majority of patients who go through an angioplasty to have a clogged artery opened up do not get a stress test before surgery.....Washington (ChattahBox) – New studies have been released which reveal that the majority of patients who go through an angioplasty to have a clogged artery opened up do not get a stress test before surgery.

A stress test is something that is very key as it can reveal a lot about the patient.

It makes the heart work, to see how it handles stress and to see if an angioplasty is even needed.

During a conference this week in Washington D.C. the thought was thrown out that doctors may be using angioplasty too much due to the lack of testing.

This was backed up by a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study revealed the majority of patients with stable heart disease did not get a stress test before having an angioplasty.

They found that only 44% of these patients had a stress test 90 days before surgery.


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