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An imaging test can help your doctor see how well your heart is doing if you have had a surgery to fix your heart and your symptoms have returned or are getting worse. Symptoms may indicate that a problem has returned and the test results can help your doctor decide if you need to increase your medicine or if you need to have another procedure. It is common to have a follow up test if it has been more than five years since your surgery or two years since your stent procedure.
If you do not have heart disease or heart related symptoms, having an imaging test every year to check your heart will not prevent a heart attack or help you live longer. Unnecessary testing can lead to more invasive tests and exposure to radiation.
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Having a test to check your heart prior to a low-risk surgery may not be helpful and will not decrease the risk of heart complications for most healthy people. In addition if your risk of having a heart problem is low, the tests can produce a false-positive result that could cause anxiety and lead to more tests and an unneeded delay of surgery.
You may need a test to check your heart if you have symptoms and a history of diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease. These tests can show if you are at risk for having a heart attack or if the surgery may need to be delayed to treat a problem.
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
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