Should we perform a screening ECG among asymptomatic adults?

Gencer, B; Auer, R; Shah, D; Rodondi, Nicolas (2014). Should we perform a screening ECG among asymptomatic adults? Revue médicale suisse, 10(420), pp. 549-553. Médecine & Hygiène

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The resting ECG is a safe, low cost and widely available in the clinical investigation of several cardiac symptoms. However, there is controversy regarding the use as a screening tool or routine cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment test among healthy asymptomatic adults. Two recent studies reported that ECG adds supplemental information in the estimation of coronary artery disease (CAD) risk in asymptomatic patients, especially in those with intermediate risk. However, we currently need more data on the impact of ECG on the prevention of clinical CV outcomes, especially in a randomized clinical trial, and on additional costs of testing and treatment. For the time being, routine ECG testing is not recommended for the prevention of CV events among healthy asymptomatic adults.

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Journal Article (Further Contribution)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine

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Rodondi, Nicolas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Médecine & Hygiène




Patricia Rajaonina

Date Deposited:

07 Apr 2015 11:58

Last Modified:

22 Jun 2015 16:28

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