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Limitations of the exercise test as a screen for acute cardiac events in asymptomatic Coplan NL, Fuster V. - last modified 2013-05-16 13:04
Am Heart J. 1990 Apr;119(4):987-90.


Acute cardiac events such as myocardial infarction or

sudden death affect hundreds of thousands of patients

each year, and may be the initial manifestation

of coronary artery disease. This has prompted efforts

to screen asymptomatic subjects in an effort to identify

the presence of disease before the occurrence of

a serious problem. The exercise test is frequently

used for this purpose. However, major limitations

have been noted when the exercise test is used in an

asymptomatic population, including a large number

of abnormal tests that represent false positive results,