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Stress Tests

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  • Posted By: LarryJoeMoe
  • December 13, 2006
  • 09:10 PM

I recently had a cardiac stress test. The treadmill portion indicated an issue with "depression in the inferior leads which may indicate ischemia". However, the nuclear imaging portion was completely negative. The cardiologist apparently dismissed the treadmill poriton, saying that they relied more on the nuclear part.

I have read that the treadmill test will not indicate a problem unless there is at least a 50% narrowing/blockage. Otherwise, it will go undetected. Given that fact, I am concerned that the cardioiologist may have dismissed this portion of the test too easily. I would rather have further testing to "break the tie", or better yet repeat the stress test.

Can anyone comment on this?

Thanks.

Larry

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