Journal article

Cardiac outcomes in coronary patients with submaximum dobutamine stress echocardiography

RS Ballal, MA Secknus, R Mehta, S Kapadia, MS Lauer, TH Marwick

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY | EXCERPTA MEDICA INC | Published : 1997

Abstract

This study evaluated the prediction of cardiac events (cardiac death, myocardial infarction, unstable angina, or late myocardial revascularization) in patients with submaximum responses to dobutamine stress, defined by attainment of <85% age-predicted heart rate. Of 1,772 patients undergoing dobutamine echocardiography over a 2-year period, 425 had a submaximum heart rate response. After exclusion of patients treated with beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents, 255 patients formed the study group. In these patients, the test was terminated after administration of the maximum dose of 40 microg/kg/min of dobutamine with atropine (end of protocol, n = 186), severe angina, ischemic ST-segment changes..

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