- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
Medical tests are an important part of managing chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease. Some, like checking blood pressure or cholesterol levels, are fairly simple and straightforward. But others (especially those that use special equipment to visualize the heart) are time-consuming, stressful, and costly — and in some cases, unnecessary.
It's not uncommon for people with known chronic coronary disease (see "What is chronic coronary disease?") to undergo such imaging tests on a routine basis, even when they don't have any symptoms to suggest that their condition is progressing or worsening. Now, new guidelines recommend against this practice.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
About the Reviewer
Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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