RICHARD K. MAUTNER, M.D.
To the editor: The recent reports on early treadmill testing after myocardial infarction by Schwartz and associates (1) and Fuller and colleagues (2) are timely and of great interest. The prognastic value of a positive test is of major importance in the subsequent decision making on the need for coronary arteriography and for coronary artery bypass surgery. Unfortunately, however, of the 52 patients evaluated who had a negative treadmill test, 22 (44%) had multivessel coronary arterial disease. Similarly we have recently reported data from 13 select patients who had early symptom-limited treadmill testing and coronary arteriography after infarction and found
MAUTNER RK. Staging After Myocardial Infarction. Ann Intern Med. ;95:514. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-4-514
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(4):514.
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