Healthy People Should Skip EKG Screening, Say New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guidelines

By Ryan Jaslow, CBS News

(CBS News) An electrocardiogram (EKG) won't predict the likelihood of a heart attack or heart problem in healthy people and as such, should not be offered by a doctor, medical experts announced Monday in new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 An EKG, or ECG, is a simple, non-invasive test that measures electrical activity from the heart. Information picked up from an EKG may determine how fast a heart beat is, or whether it has a steady or problematic rhythm. An irregular EKG could detect a major heart problem, including heart attacks, arrhythmias and heart failure.

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