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Prognostic value of a nine-minute treadmill test in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion scintigraphy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21059431     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Exercise capacity is an important predictor of risk in known or suspected coronary disease. A negative treadmill test to 9 minutes of the Bruce protocol is often used in the screening process for vocational licensing; myocardial perfusion scintigraphy is an alternative for those unable to exercise, with apparent incremental prognostic power above exercise testing alone. We compared exercise test and myocardial perfusion scintigraphic (MPS) findings and risk of hard cardiac events (median 4 years) in patients completing ≥ 9-minute treadmill exercise. Patients undergoing myocardial perfusion scintigraphy who completed a 9-minute Bruce protocol exercise were identified over a 2-year period. Follow-up was performed by telephone, with case-note review when necessary; this was 97% complete. Five hundred sixteen patients were identified (73% men, median age 53 year). One hundred eighty-one (35%) had known coronary disease. One hundred forty-nine (29%) had a "high-risk" exercise test result (limiting chest pain or ST-segment depression), and 69 (13%) had high-risk MPS findings (>10% myocardium ischemic or ejection fraction <40%). Of 367 patients with a reassuring exercise test result, 38 (10.4%) had high-risk MPS findings. Of 149 with a high-risk exercise test, 118 (79%) had reassuring MPS findings. At median follow-up of 49 months, there were 8 cardiac events (1.6%). Only 2 patients with high-risk exercise test results (1.4%) and 1 with high-risk MPS findings (1.5%) had an event. In conclusion, for patients able to manage a 9-minute Bruce protocol, presence/absence of symptoms or electrocardiographic changes is a poor predictor of MPS findings. Irrespective of test findings, however, subsequent cardiac risk is extremely low. Ability to complete a 9-minute Bruce protocol treadmill exercise may itself provide adequate prognostic reassurance for most purposes.
Andrew J Marshall; Fiona Hutchings; Alycia J James; Andrew D Kelion
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  106     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-09     Completed Date:  2010-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1423-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Nuclear Medicine Department, Harefield Hospital, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Artery Disease / diagnosis*
Exercise Test*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging*
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors

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