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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies, 3rd Edition by James M. Rippe

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Chapter 22

Ten Heart Tests to Consider or Avoid

In This Chapter

arrow Profiling common tests to diagnose cardiac risk and conditions

arrow 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.

tip.eps Because you have a vested interest in your heart health, you should certainly understand what some of the most common cardiac tests are. Because you want to partner with your doctors in getting the best care for your individual needs, you also should consider what tests may or may not be appropriate in various circumstances.

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 ...

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