Cardiac Stress Testing Pocketcard Set / Edition 1 available in Other Format
- Pub. Date:
- Borm Bruckmeier Publishing, LLC
Specific topics covered in this card include:
• General background information such as indications, interpretation, and prognostic value of cardiac stress tests
• Canadian cardiovascular society classification of angina (chest pain); patients with chest pain are often sent to have a stress test to detect if potential perfusion problems exist
• When to do stress testing in patients with stable angina (chest pain without outright heart attack). The major topic of discussion is the probability of having coronary artery disease (CAD) and the probability of a stress test actually detecting the CAD in these patients. Often, these patients are inappropriately sent to cardiac stress testing.
• When to do stress testing in patients with acute coronary syndrome; various prognostic scores are discussed.
• Imaging modalities in cardiac stress testing (echo, SPECT, and PET); the card discusses the pros and cons of each modality including sensitivities and specificities
• Exercise stress testing: discusses indications, interpretation, and protocols used in the tests (Duke treadmill protocol, Bruce protocol)
• Pharmacologic stress testing: list of drugs used in stress testing including indications, contraindications, pros and cons, side effects
• Explanation of the assessment of myocardial ischemia in nuclear medicine (SPECT)
• Specific comments on the diagnostic value of cardiac stress testing in women
• Guidelines for the management of patients with positive studies
• Guidelines and an algorithm for preoperative cardiac stress testing