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Heart Imaging Before Surgery (ACC)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American College of Cardiology
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 03/01/2013
If you’re having surgery, you may wonder if you need a heart imaging test first to make sure it is safe. But if you are not having heart surgery — and you haven’t had a stroke and don’t have a severe heart condition, diabetes, or kidney disease — the imaging tests usually aren’t helpful.