Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Organ Specific Testing

Invasive cardiac test may be overused by ER doctors

Category: Organ Specific Testing

Invasive cardiac test may be overused by ER doctorsU.S. researchers are reporting that cardiac catheterization, an invasive test used on patients with chest pain to determine whether a blood vessel is totally or partially blocked, may be currently overused by doctors in emergency rooms.

Cardiac catheterization is primarily used to identify the presence, location and severity of coronary atherosclerosis, says lead researcher Manesh Patel, a cardiologist with the Duke Heart Center.

In the study, the researchers analyzed the medical data of approximately 400,000 patients who were admitted to the hospital with chest pain, but without a previous history of heart disease. Of those patients, only 37.6 percent had obstructed coronary arteries. Moreover, a total of 83.9 percent of those had undergone a noninvasive test before catheterization.

"We're spending a lot of energy and money to evaluate chest pain which often leads to cardiac catheterization, which, we now know, often finds that patients don't have significant obstructive disease," said Patel.

"Our research shows that our methods for identifying patients at risk for obstructive disease need significant improvement," he concluded.
ADNFCR-2248-ID-19664949-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top