Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Yearly stress test

Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH

Q. Every year my doctor used to put me on a treadmill for a stress test. Now he doesn't. Why?

A. Routine exercise stress tests were a common part of many check-ups in middle-aged and older individuals. The thinking was that it would help identify heart artery blockages that were silently lurking and prevent them from progressing to a heart attack.

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