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Heart Imaging Tests Before Surgery (ASNC)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Format: PDF
Most recent update: 01/03/2013
If you’re scheduled for surgery, a test that takes pictures of your heart can sometimes help to identify medical problems that might call for a delay or change in your operation. But if your surgery isn’t related to the heart and you don’t have heart-related symptoms or risk factors, the test may not be helpful.