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Tests Before Heart Surgery (STS)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Tests
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 08/09/2022
Your doctor may order some tests before you have a heart bypass or another kind of heart surgery. The purpose of the tests is to make the surgery safer. Two common tests are a breathing test and a carotid ultrasound test. But you probably don’t need these tests, unless you have a breathing problem or symptoms.
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