Echocardiography

Health societies recommend the use of echocardiography for initial diagnosis when a change in the patient's clinical status occurs and when new data from an echocardiogram would result in the physician changing the patient's care. Health societies do not recommend routine testing when the patient has no change in clinical status or when a physician is unlikely to change care for the patient based on the results of testing.

 

 A common example of overuse of echocardiography when not indicated is the use of routine testing in response to a patient diagnosis of mild 

  • Cardiac-gated imaging techniques
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Pacemaker monitoring
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Heart rate monitor

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