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AUDIO: Dr. Bove Tells You What A Stress Test Shows

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Can you talk about stress tests?

Dr. Alfred Bove:
Thank you very much. These are my personal comments and don’t represent anything from the American College of Cardiology. A stress test really shows inadequate oxygen getting to the heart muscle. Now the way the inadequate oxygen is happening can be either a blockage of a large blood vessel blood stream or the small blood vessel is not relaxing enough.
So we can test that on a treadmill. There are some catheter procedures where they use certain drugs to see if they can improve the blood flow and show that there’s some constriction there and so the rush in protocols that we can go through now that show, pristine women with chest pain, it looks like its heart pain but we can’t show that there’s a blood vessel problem.

We can do some special testing to determine that there in fact is a problem and then develop a plan of treatment for it.


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