Who should get a stress test and when?

“Doc my buddy was only 40 and he just died of a heart attack. All our friends are getting stress tests now. Do you think I should have one?”

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This is a sad story but one I hear at least once or twice a year. Heart attacks or Myocardial Infarctions (MI’s) are all too common. Although it may seem like cancer is public enemy number one, heart disease kills more people in the U.S. than all cancers combined. There were nearly 600,000 deaths in the U.S. due to heart disease in 2011.  The incidence of heart attacks climb dramatically after age 65 but many adults will see their first friend have a heart attack when they are in their 40’s.

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