Prevention authority reaffirms decision on ECGs

09/21/2011 | Reuters

There is little data to support giving symptom-free people electrocardiograms to screen for heart disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. USPSTF in 2004 refused to recommend ECGs as a screening tool for healthy patients, and in updating its report the panel said there have been no clinical trials that look at whether ECGs lead to fewer cardiac events or prolong lives.

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