The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a new recommendation stating that adding electrocardiography (ECG) screening to standard cardiovascular disease assessment is not necessary for asymptomatic, low-risk adults.
The statement’s corresponding author is USPSTF chair Dr. Susan Curry, interim provost at the University of Iowa and distinguished professor of health management and policy in the College of Public Health.
The group also issued a statement that current evidence is inadequate to evaluate the harms versus benefits of additional ECG for asymptomatic individuals who may be at medium to high risk for future cardiovascular events.
The task force concluded that the potential harms of screening ECG outweigh or equal potential benefits in the asymptomatic low-risk population. However, they noted clinical considerations for screening in moderate to high-risk individuals including the potential for more intensive medical management in those identified as higher risk after an ECG, are balanced by the potential for harms from medication side effects or follow-up procedures.
The research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.