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Heart Stress Tests Before Chest Surgery (STS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Imaging
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 07/26/2013
If you’re having chest surgery, a stress test can sometimes be helpful. It might find problems that need special care before, during, or after the surgery. But if your surgery is not related to your heart, and you don’t have a heart problem or difficulty walking or climbing stairs, you probably don’t need a stress test.