Heart Tests Not for Low Risk People
Rationale: These recommendations were made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which "concluded that the potential harms of routine screening" for coronary heart disease "exceed the potential benefits" in people with a low risk of heart disease. The "harms" come from an excessive proportion of false positive results that lead to invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization and angiography and to unnecessary treatment with medications.
Note: The Summary of Recommendations (below) from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is somewhat technical.
Barbara K. Hecht,