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Do cardiac tests have risks?

Most cardiac tests carry minimal risk, but risks versus benefits vary by test type. Remember, as the patient, you are also a part of your care decisions. Before you undergo certain types of tests (MRA, CT scan or angiogram), you will be advised of the risks and benefits of the test and will be asked to sign a form giving your informed consent. Ultimately, the goal of testing will be to guide treatment that can be life-saving or improve quality of life.

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