One-third of people with heart disease have their cholesterol levels checked more often than guidelines recommend, a new study of Veterans Affairs (VA) patients suggests.
Researchers said such extra testing may be a waste of time and money if it doesn’t lead to improvements in patients’ health.
The findings are “very unsurprising,” according to Dr. Michael Johansen of The Ohio State University in Columbus, who has studied cholesterol management.
He said doctors may order more tests to meet (or exceed) performance measures, and because they get paid for running a cholesterol panel.
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