Don’t perform exercise stress test as screening of ischemic heart disease in asymptomatic patients at low cardiovascular risk
In asymptomatic patients without risk factors, the likelihood of coronary heart disease is very low. The stress test increases risk of false positives and induces further diagnostic tests to rule out the doubts raised by the test.
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