Does a failed exercise stress test mean that I need an angiogram and angioplasty?Cardiology
What does it mean that I failed my exercise stress test, and what happens next? Does it mean that I will require an angiogram and angioplasty?
It depends on what you mean by a “failed “exercise test.
When cardiologists report an exercise test, we usually look at many factors such as:
- Does your heart rate and blood pressure go up appropriately with exercise
- How far you are able to exercise (time and distance)
- What symptoms you get during the exercise and
- If there are any ECG changes during the treadmill test
A change in any of these factors will be classed as a “positive” test through there are formal scores such as “Duke Treadmill Score” which is a weighted index and helps to predict the risk of ischemic heart disease (ie coronary disease or blockages in heart blood vessels).
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