March 12th, 2010

Heart Roundup: Device-Maker Probes, Too Many Angiograms

By Kelley Luckstein

The annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology gets underway this weekend and some heart-related items are in the news this morning: Coronary angiograms, widely used tests to detect artery blockages in the heart, often turn up little or no evidence of disease, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found.

 

That suggests that the more than a million U.S. patients who undergo the diagnostic test each year at a cost of about $10,000 each, are frequently exposed to unneeded risks of a costly procedure, the WSJ says in another article…Still, the data indicate overuse of angiograms.

 

“We’ve got to get much smarter about how we’re ordering and interpreting these tests,” a Mayo Clinic cardiologist told the WSJ.

 

Wall Street Journal, by James White, 3/11/2010

Tags: angiograms, Cardiology

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