Planning for Surgery? You Might Not Need All Those Tests Beforehand.
The New York Times discusses the need for presurgical testing in low-risk operations, such as a cardiac stress test, and includes insight from Alana Elise Sigmund, MD, FHM, internal medicine physician at HSS.
Dr. Sigmund, who has studied physicians’ responses to preoperative guidelines, said, “Cardiac stress testing is over-ordered. If there’s no indication of a heart problem, like shortness of breath, there’s no reason to do this test prior to surgery.”
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