Which drugs are the right ones for heart problems, and who really needs them? When are heart tests needed, and when are they not only unnecessary, but possibly harmful? Are drugs or stents better? And, when surgery is required, how do you find the best hospital?
Figuring out what to do about heart problems is complicated. To address the issue, Consumer Reports offers a report on how to help consumers make smart choices about the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
The dangers of too many screening tests
Too many heart tests can lead to a series of false alarms that trigger needless anxiety and a cascade of costly, sometimes risky procedures, according to the report. If you feel fine and are at low risk, before you agree to a test, ask why it’s necessary.