What are the endpoints in treadmill stress testing for screening in asymptomatic patients?

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: David Akinpelu, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Prediction of MI and death are considered the most important endpoints in the screening of asymptomatic patients. In general, the relative risk of a subsequent event is increased in patients with a positive exercise test result, though the absolute risk of a cardiac event in an asymptomatic patient remains low. The annual rate of MI and death in such patients is approximately 1%, even when ST-segment changes are associated with risk factors.


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