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Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing in Ontario
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  • Copyright: ICES
  • Availability: Web and Print
  • Year: 2004

Non-invasive Cardiac Testing in Ontario

Alter D, Przybysz R, Iron K. October 2004

Diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease relies heavily on non-invasive cardiac testing (NICT). While NICT helps shape clinical decisions, the vast majority of tests are done on a discretionary basis. Utilization rates in Ontario, and elsewhere, have risen exponentially over the last decade.

Together, six NICTs accounted for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in direct annual health expenditures in Ontario. This report focuses on utilization of the six most prevalent NICT tests, namely: electrocardiography; stress testing or graded exercise treadmill testing; echocardiography; holter monitoring or ambulatory electrocardiography; myocardial perfusion imaging; and wall motion studies, including radionuclide angiography.

Keywords: Cardiovascular diseases Diagnostic testing/imaging Health care utilization

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