Surprising findings on stress testing

It could do more harm than good for lower-risk patients

Stress testing may be detrimental to low- and immediate-risk patients who turn up to the ED with acute chest pain, according to surprising new findings.


That’s because it simply serves to prolong their stay and increase the use of hospital resources without benefiting them, say researchers.

The study of 1000 patients with normal ECG and pathology found that using coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) or stress testing to rule out acute coronary syndromes leads to longer time in hospital, more downstream testing, more radiation