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Stress Testing

Friday, January 23, 2015 // News

Stress testing may be useful to screen for heart disease, assess exercise tolerance and blood pressure response to exercise, but the American College of Cardiology does not recommend doing it in patients at low risk for coronary artery disease because a positive test, which may indicate underlying heart disease, is more likely to be a false positive in these individuals.  The patient may then have to go through additional testing to prove what isn’t wrong with them.  It may be useful in stratifying risk is patients who have multiple risk factors for heart disease.  I will continue to utilize it in those select individuals.

 

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