Doctors concerned about falls in cardiac testing

Dr Nathan Better, deputy director Nuclear Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital says tests declined around the globe

Australian and international researchers have found that rates of cardiac diagnostic tests fell by up to 64% in the early months of the pandemic.

The International Atomic Energy Agency surveyed changes in cardiovascular procedure volumes attributed to COVID-19 in March and April 2020 across 108 countries.

Dr Nathan Better, deputy director Nuclear Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, was involved in the research showing rates fell by 42% from March 2019 to March 2020 and by 64% from March 2019 to April 2020.

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