How frequently should you obtain cardiac stress tests in asymptomatic diabetic patients?
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Cardiac stress testing is recommended in asymptomatic, high-risk diabetic patients (those with a 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of ≥20%) if they have an abnormal resting electrocardiogram (EKG). In diabetic patients with normal stress imaging and no change in symptoms, follow-up stress testing is recommended every 2 years. (SOR C, based on expert opinion and heterogeneous cohort studies.)
Evidence Based Practice 12(1): 05-06.