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How effective are exercise stress tests at diagnosing heart disease?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 85 - 90 %

If the stress test is combined with nuclear imaging, the sensitivity for picking up on coronary artery disease is 85-90%.
If the stress test is done without imaging, the sensitivity is less. In interpreting stress test results, it is important to note the "pretest likelihood of disease". In a young healthy patient, a positive result is likely to be a false positive.

In brief: 85 - 90 %

If the stress test is combined with nuclear imaging, the sensitivity for picking up on coronary artery disease is 85-90%.
If the stress test is done without imaging, the sensitivity is less. In interpreting stress test results, it is important to note the "pretest likelihood of disease". In a young healthy patient, a positive result is likely to be a false positive.
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