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Inappropriate Heart Stress Tests May Waste Half A Billion Dollars A Year


Inappropriate cardiac stress tests may cost the US healthcare system as much as half a billion dollars each year, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medcine.

Joseph Ladapo and colleagues set out to analyze long-term trends in the use of cardiac stress testing in the US. Using data from national surveys they found that from the years 1993-1995 to 2008-2010 the use of cardiac stress tests more than doubled, from 1.6 million to 3.8 million procedures each year. This represented an increase in the rate of procedures from 28 to 45 per 10,000 visits to the doctor.

The overall growth in these tests was largely explained by changes in the patient…

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