A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that U.S. hospitals differ significantly in assessing which patients are eligible to receive coronary angiography as well as in rates of patients testing positive for heart disease after undergoing the test. The lead researcher noted that patients with negative results do not make the procedure unnecessary but could offer relief to doctors, patients and families. "These results showed that we have regional geographic and programmatic variability in what tests individuals want done," said SCAI past-president Dr. Steven Bailey. "In order to make the decision to perform a catheterization, some of that may be related to the patients seen or the setting they are seen in or some are related to the tests themselves."

Read SCAI's statement on the study here.

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