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EKGs and Exercise Stress Tests (AAFP)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Tests
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Family Physicians
Format: HTML, PDF, Video
Most recent update: 08/01/2016
If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, an electrocardiogram (EKG) or exercise stress test can be lifesaving. The same is true if you have a history of heart disease or are at very high risk for it. But in other cases, you should think twice. Here’s why.