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How one medical checkup can snowball into a ‘cascade’ of tests, causing more harm than good

February 29, 2020

From The Washington Post website

My pager emits the same urgent beep no matter the occasion. That afternoon, it was the local preoperative clinic to say my 80-something patient, Lily, had been given an electrocardiogram (EKG) “just to be safe” before a minor office procedure.

The EKG was a little off, the page went on. Could I take a look? Lily (I’m identifying her by only her first name at her request) felt fine. No chest pain. No trouble breathing. But now that the irregularity was out there, the procedure would be delayed until we had answers.

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