heart tests

Can A Routine EKG Predict A Future Heart Attack?

Posted on 07/31/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCan getting an EKG, where they attach electrodes to your chest to measure your heart activity, help predict whether you’ll have a heart attack? No, says updated federal guidelines announced Monday. If you’re otherwise healthy and at low risk for heart problems, you don’t need a routine electrocardiogram, or EKG, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. And if you’re at intermediate or high-risk for heart problems, but don’t have symptoms — like shortness of breath or chest pain — …

5 Heart Tests You Don’t Need, 4 You Do

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow heart smart are you? Do you know what your gums have to do with your heart? Or what the most dangerous day of the year is for a heart attack? Or the best type of pet for someone who has had a heart attack? And what about some of those tests your doctor might want to order, like a heart calcium scan or an exercise stress tests — do you really need them? Nationally known heart experts Steven Nissen, …