Interpretation of exercise stress testing by primary care physicians

Graz, Y.; Perrenoud, J.-J.; Gaspoz, J.-M.

Revue Medicale Suisse 5(218): 1895-1899

2009


ISSN/ISBN: 1660-9379
PMID: 19852420
Document Number: 13193
Considering that angina is an important symptom of coronary heart disease, exercise stress testing has proven its usefulness and remains a reference exam. Indeed, it is reasonably reliable and accessible, even for non cardiologist physicians, and provides both diagnostic as well as prognostic information. In this article, we review the key points to know about stress testing, in particular patient selection and interpretation of it results. A good comprehension of these different aspects is likely to improve patient care and to help avoid, additional tests that may be unnecessary.

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Interpretation of exercise stress testing by primary care physicians