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My stress test results read " positive exercise stress test for ischemia by EKG criteria. What does that mean?

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology

In brief: This means that the

EKG portion of your stress test had changes in the waveforms that have been known to be associated with blockages of the coronary arteries.
Unfortunately, greater than 15% of the time this is inaccurate in women. Less than 5% of the time in men. This is why we always do stress testing in women along with nuclear imaging. If the nuclear imaging is negative then the EKG changes are FALSE positive.

In brief: This means that the

EKG portion of your stress test had changes in the waveforms that have been known to be associated with blockages of the coronary arteries.
Unfortunately, greater than 15% of the time this is inaccurate in women. Less than 5% of the time in men. This is why we always do stress testing in women along with nuclear imaging. If the nuclear imaging is negative then the EKG changes are FALSE positive.
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