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Midpack

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Hi!

On tuesday i have to undergo an stress test (stationnary bike). It will not be performed in the clinic where my echos are usually done, but on a different one. Usually, for any test of this kind, they allways ask you to bring any old studies you have. I have all of them, but i was thinking about intentionnaly not bringing them ("Oh, i forgot!"). It seems to me that when looking at old studies (specially very recent ones), cardiologists are somewhat influenced by what has already been reported. After all, the comparison, if needed, will be done by my own cardiologist, that of course has ALL the info.

What do you think?
Is this a good idea, or, on the contrary, not showing the old studies to the imaging specialist will deprive him from valuable information?
 

clay_from_nj

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If your cardiologist is anything like mine, he will virtually ignore any interpretation from the technician and study the raw data himself. For instance, I've had echo techs tell me what their estimate of my LVEF is, but then say that what the doctor determines it to be will likely be different.
 

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