Study questions value of exercise-screening tools

01/21/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

CDC researchers said preparticipation screenings for exercise that send more than 90% of people for a physician consult are not likely to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and unnecessarily could burden the health care system, according to a study in the journal Circulation. The study found the American Heart Association/American College of Sports Medicine Preparticipation Questionnaire would lead to consults for more than 93% of men and 95% of women. Barry Franklin, a physician at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., said cardiovascular benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for most adults.

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