Heart tests wasted on 'worried well'

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Cholesterol testing is not being offered to those most at risk of developing heart disease, says the British Cardiac Society. Instead it is the "worried well" - the health conscious and educated - who are putting doctors under pressure for tests.

A survey carried out in Scotland as part of the Glasgow Monitoring Cardiac Disease Project (Monica) found that three-quarters of patients tested were those considered to be at lowest risk. Coronary heart disease is the single most common cause of death in the industrialised world. A high level of cholesterol in the blood is a significant risk factor.