Screening is not perfect and can have negative consequences – please note in particular that:
there are heart conditions that screening cannot detect, including those conditions which are more common in older people, such as coronary artery disease.
screening results may not be 100% accurate and there is a possibility that they indicate:
that you do not (or are not likely to have) a heart disease, condition or abnormality when you do have one (a false negative); false negatives therefore provide false reassurances, or
that you do (or are likely to have) a specific heart disease, condition or abnormality when you do not have one (a false positive).; False positives can therefore result in increased anxiety and referral for additional diagnostic tests.
a clear result (i.e. indicating that you do not have any heart disease, heart condition or abnormality) does not mean that you will not develop any heart disease, heart condition or abnormality; if you develop symptoms that cause concern you should always seek medical advice from your GP.
sometimes changes in heart function can be caused by normal body functions (physiological changes) as well as disease (pathological changes); if that happens in your case, we will do our best to distinguish between changes caused by your normal body functions and those caused by disease but it may not be possible to do so.
if screening does identify an underlying heart condition, that can have serious implications for your employment prospects, life assurance/insurance and mortgage applications.