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Pricey ER Tests for Chest Pain Often Unnecessary

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — ER doctors frequently use pricey but unnecessary tests to determine whether people with chest pain are having a heart attack, a new study reveals.
Results show that patients don’t do any better when CT scans or treadmill stress tests are tacked onto the standard battery of diagnostic tests for chest pain patients.”You don’t need all this imaging just to rule out the diagnosis of a heart attack,” said senior researcher Dr. David Brown, a professor with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “They provide no additional value.”

Around 10 million Americans land in the emergency room each year with chest pain that could indicate a heart attack, the researchers said.

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