We compared the prognostic value of exercise electrocardiography and dobutamine stress echocardiography in 406 low-risk patients recovering from an uncomplicated myocardial infarction. Although both tests showed excellent negative predictive value, echocardiography was significantly more sensitive (p <.05) and less specific (p <.01) in predicting outcome for these patients. We conclude dobutamine stress echocardiography may be a cost-effective secondary option for risk stratification in uncomplicated MI when exercise testing is not feasible, its results are equivocal, or ischemia location is clinically relevant.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine