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Feb042011

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Some Heart Tests Not Needed

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A survey by Consumer Reports magazine suggests many healthy adults are getting screening tests for heart disease that they don't need.

Forty-four percent of healthy adults surveyed reported that they had received at least one heart screening test, such as an electrocardiogram or exercise stress test, which show limited evidence of effectiveness in low or normal risk patients.

Consumer Reports evaluated whether the benefits of nine common heart screening tests, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, outweigh the potential harms. 

Blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose received the highest ratings for most adults. 

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