Treadmill Stress Testing Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: David Akinpelu, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is treadmill stress testing?

What are the indications for treadmill stress testing?

What is the physiology of dynamic exercise in treadmill stress testing?

What is the physiology of initial phases of exercise in treadmill stress testing?

What is the pulmonary physiology in treadmill stress testing?

What is the exercise physiology of maximum heart rate in treadmill stress testing?

What is the physiology of the postexercise phase in treadmill stress testing?

What are the indications for treadmill stress testing?

What are absolute contraindications for treadmill stress testing?

What are relative contraindications for treadmill stress testing?

How are treadmill exercise tests performed?

When is treadmill stress testing used in the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How were the ACC/AHA guidelines for treadmill stress testing prepared?

How are the ACC/AHA guidelines for treadmill stress testing categorized?

What are factors in establishing good clinical outcomes from treadmill stress testing?

Periprocedural Care

What is the sensitivity and specificity of treadmill stress testing in the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD)?

What is included in preprocedural planning for treadmill stress testing?

What is the role of treadmill stress testing in the evaluation of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD?)

What are the ACC/AHA guidelines for use of treadmill stress testing in the diagnosis of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)?

What is the accuracy of treadmill stress testing in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD)?

What are confounders of treadmill stress testing?

What is the role of right-side chest leads in treadmill stress testing?

What are the methods of ST–heart rate adjustment used in treadmill stress testing?

What is the accuracy of computer processed treadmill stress testing data?

How should patients be categorized prior to administration of treadmill stress testing?

When is treadmill stress testing indicated in patients with symptoms that suggest ischemia?

What is the basis for selection of the initial modality for treadmill stress testing?

What is the alternative to treadmill stress testing for patients unable to exercise?

When is treadmill stress testing used for prognostic assessment?

What is the strongest prognostic marker identified in treadmill stress testing?

How should treadmill stress testing results be interpreted?

What prognostic markers identified from treadmill stress testing are used in the Duke treadmill score?

When is treadmill stress testing used to stratify risk?

What is the safety of treadmill stress testing in unstable angina?

What is the role of treadmill stress testing in chest pain centers?

What are considerations for treadmill stress testing after myocardial infarction (MI)?

What are AHA/ACC guidelines class I applications of post-myocardial infarction (MI) treadmill stress testing?

What are AHA/ACC guidelines class IIa applications of post-myocardial infarction (MI) treadmill stress testing?

What are AHA/ACC guidelines class IIb applications of post-myocardial infarction (MI) treadmill stress testing?

What are AHA/ACC guidelines class III applications of post-myocardial infarction (MI) treadmill stress testing?

What is the safety of treadmill stress testing following acute myocardial infarction (MI)?

What are applications of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)?

What is cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)?

What is the role of treadmill stress testing in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women?

What is the role of treadmill stress testing in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in elderly patients?

What are the applications of treadmill stress testing in patients without known coronary artery disease (CAD)?

What is the goal of treadmill stress testing in asymptomatic patients?

What are the endpoints in treadmill stress testing for screening in asymptomatic patients?

What is the significance of positive treadmill stress testing results in asymptomatic persons without known coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How are risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) defined prior to treadmill stress testing?

How is the risk of cardiovascular death assessed in asymptomatic patients using treadmill stress testing?

What are the applications of treadmill stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease?

What is the role of treadmill stress testing in symptomatic patients with documented valvular disease?

What is the primary benefit of treadmill stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease?

How should treadmill stress testing be performed in patients with aortic stenosis?

When is treadmill stress testing beneficial for patients with mitral stenosis?

When is treadmill stress testing beneficial for patients with aortic regurgitation?

What are the applications of treadmill stress testing before and after revascularization?

Technique

What is the protocol for treadmill stress testing?

What are the absolute indications for termination of treadmill stress testing?

What are relative indications for termination of treadmill stress testing?

What are the classic criteria for visual interpretation of positive stress test findings?

What are noncoronary causes of ST-segment depression in stress test findings?