‘No compelling evidence’ for fecal occult blood testing prior to cardiac catheterization

‘No compelling evidence’ for fecal occult blood testing prior to cardiac catheterization

LAS VEGAS — Patients with acute coronary syndrome had similar outcomes for all-cause mortality and bleeding events regardless of undergoing fecal occult blood tests, according to a presentation at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting.“Fecal occult blood testing is not recommended in the in-patient setting,” Lauren Searls, DO, of the Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University School of Medicine, said during the presentation. “However, we note that it’s often ordered to assess for gastrointestinal blood loss. In the in-patient setting, FOBT increasesRead More

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