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Peak exercise and immediate postexercise imaging for the detection of left ventricular functional abnormalities in coronary artery disease.
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PMID:  6731297     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Eleven patients without significant coronary artery disease (CAD) (group A), 22 patients with significant CAD and no prior myocardial infarction (MI) (group B), and 10 patients with CAD and a previous MI (group C) were imaged at rest, at peak exercise and immediately after exercise by first-pass radionuclide angiography. At peak exercise, mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) did not change significantly in group A or C and decreased significantly in group B. However, in all groups mean LVEF increased significantly immediately after exercise. Examination of potential criteria for an abnormal LVEF response showed that changes from rest to peak exercise were sensitive for detection of CAD but were not specific. Postexercise criteria were more specific but relatively insensitive: 15 of 32 patients (47%) with CAD showed a normal (greater than 5% increase over rest) response after exercise. Similarly, a regional abnormality at peak exercise was 100% sensitive, compared with a sensitivity of 78% after exercise for the whole group, and only 68% in patients without prior MI. Seven patients would have been misclassified as normal if postexercise imaging alone had been performed. The likelihood of an abnormal postexercise EF response was related to the extent of CAD: No patient with 1-vessel, 8 of 17 with 2-vessel and 9 of 12 with 3-vessel CAD showed such a response. Peak exercise imaging is necessary to achieve maximal sensitivity for the detection of CAD, and a high false-negative rate will be obtained if postexercise imaging only is used. The combination of peak exercise and postexercise imaging may be of value in assessing the severity of CAD.
D S Dymond; C Foster; R P Grenier; J Carpenter; D H Schmidt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1984 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-07-03     Completed Date:  1984-07-03     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1532-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Output*
Coronary Disease / physiopathology*,  radionuclide imaging
Exercise Test*
Heart / physiopathology,  radionuclide imaging*
Heart Ventricles / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Stroke Volume*

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