Posts Tagged ‘exercise test’

November 11th, 2013

Case: An Ironman with a Proximal Circumflex Lesion

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A 48-year-old man who runs 4 to 6 Ironman races per year reports non-exertional chest pain and is referred for a stress echocardiogram. His two sisters suffered MIs and died in their fifties, and his brother underwent CABG at age 49. The patient goes for 17 minutes on the Bruce stress protocol, with lateral and anterolateral wall […]

July 29th, 2013

Sex and the Cardiac Patient Should Not be a Taboo Subject

It’s not an easy conversation to have. After a heart attack or other major cardiac event, talking about sex is awkward, and often avoided by patients, their partners, and physicians. But a new consensus statement from several major cardiology organizations urges physicians to get over their reluctance or embarrassment and counsel their cardiac patients about […]

August 9th, 2012

Go For a Walk: Can Six-Minute-Walk Distance Predict CV Events?


In this post, Alexis Beatty discusses her Archives of Internal Medicine study, which found that the Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) improves risk prediction in people with stable coronary heart disease (CHD). CardioExchange’s John Ryan follows up with questions for Beatty about the test. We have a number of simple tools for predicting risk of a […]

June 19th, 2012

New Uses Found for a Traditional Walking Test

The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) can improve risk prediction in people with stable coronary disease, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The 6MWT may also be cost-effective and — and may help physicians motivate their patients to exercise, suggest the authors. Alexis Beatty and colleagues performed a 6MWT and a treadmill exercise […]