What is the goal of treadmill stress testing in asymptomatic patients?

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: David Akinpelu, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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The goal of screening for possible CAD in asymptomatic patients is either to prolong life or to improve quality of life. This goal has been supported by data from the Coronary Artery Surgery Study and the Asymptomatic Cardiac Ischemia Pilot (ACIP) study in asymptomatic patients with severe CAD, which suggests that performing revascularization may prolong life.

Although current clinical guidelines suggest risk reduction factors in all people, the detection of ischemia after stress testing results indicate that functional impairment may further motivate patients to be more compliant with a program of risk factor modification.


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