In This Chapter
Profiling common tests to diagnose cardiac risk and conditions
Understanding guidelines for when and for whom specific tests are appropriate
Diagnostic tests exist for almost all cardiac risk factors and heart conditions — often in what seems a bewildering variety. What’s the primary purpose of such tests? In the broadest sense, these tests are designed to help healthcare professionals get a better understanding of heart conditions and heart health in individuals who may be experiencing symptoms of possible heart problems or to evaluate individuals who have such high risk of heart problems that further testing is warranted.
At present, debate continues among the medical and public health community about whether some types of tests are overused. Making the right decision often requires doctor and ...