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Functional capacity and cardiovascular assessment: submaximal exercise testing and hidden candidates for pharmacologic stress.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16246649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Submaximal exercise testing is often used to estimate functional capacity in non-athletes, to assess cardiovascular disease in elderly or frail patients, to demonstrate exercise equipment, or to risk-stratify patients after myocardial infarction. However, submaximal exercise testing is not sufficiently sensitive, specific, or predictive to have widespread clinical utility, except in post-myocardial infarction protocols. Many patients for whom submaximal exercise testing is not useful are unable to exercise sufficiently for maximal testing and are referred for imaging with pharmacologic stress. Although some patients who are unable to exercise adequately are easily recognized, many are not. The identification of such patients before they fail a maximal exercise test attempt is beneficial to both the patient and the imaging laboratory.
Martha Gulati; Patrick E McBride
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2005-06-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-25     Completed Date:  2005-11-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11J-19J     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis*,  radionuclide imaging
Exercise Test*
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Risk Assessment / methods
Sex Factors

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