Frederik Joelving and Genevra Pittman of Reuters Health tag team a solid piece of consumer health journalism in which they remind readers:
February is American Heart Month and consumers will be bombarded with advice to keep their ticker healthy — whether it’s from the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women or the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s The Heart Truth.
Doctors may suggest a screening test to make sure cardiovascular health is in top shape. But if a person lacks symptoms — like chest pain or shortness of breath — they might want to hit pause for a second and look closer at the costs and benefits.
The fact is, there is no good evidence that any of the common tests are that helpful if a person is symptom-free.
They then tick off the list and try to address “What is it?…Does it work?…What’s the harm?” for: