What is the primary benefit of treadmill stress testing in patients with valvular heart disease?

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: David Akinpelu, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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The primary value of exercise testing in persons with valvular heart disease lies in its ability to assess atypical symptoms, exercise capacity, and the extent of disability objectively—all of which may have implications for clinical decision making. Assessment is particularly important in elderly patients, who may not have symptoms because of limited activity. Use of the exercise ECG for diagnosis of CAD in these situations is limited by false-positive responses due to LVH and baseline ECG changes.


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