In patients who have had an acute myocardial infarction, the following specialized laboratory tests have been used to evaluate prognosis and functional capacity, on which therapy is based: exercise electrocardiography; thallium perfusion scintigraphy, done at rest and in association with exercise; radionuclide ventriculography, done at rest or during exercise; ambulatory electrocardiography; programmed electric stimulation; echocardiography, done at rest or after exercise; and coronary arteriography.
Each of these tests may facilitate the assessment of prognosis in patients who have had a myocardial infarction, but the tests may also be redundant or potentially hazardous. This paper describes a stepwise process of selecting
Evaluation of Patients after Recent Acute Myocardial Infarction. Ann Intern Med. ;110:485–488. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-6-485
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(6):485-488.
Acute Coronary Syndromes, Cardiology, Coronary Heart Disease, Emergency Medicine.
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