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Why would someone get a treadmill exercise test while another would get a pharmlogic stress test?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Health reasons: It depends. Often times people who can not exercise due to age, injury, disease, doctors will order a pharmcologic stress test. It can also be a functional view they want to see as well.
Dr. Frank Amico Jr
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Many reasons: We always start with a treadmill exercise treadmill stress test if possible. However, some people might not be able to exercise so it would make an exercise stress inconclusive. For this reason, those patients would be best served by undergoing a pharm stress.

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