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Prevention of Stress Tests

Very rarely (1 in 10,000), serious complications can occur with stress testing. To minimize this risk, the following are part of a risk-reduction protocol to prevent unforeseeable complications:

  • Trained personnel in testing, CPR, and the diagnostic instruments
  • A capable healthcare professional, preferably a physician, present during the testing
  • Emergency resuscitation equipment and drugs immediately available in a well-supplied, frequently checked supply area 
  • An in-depth history and thorough physical exam pre-testing
  • Education for the patient in the recognition of limits and signs of jeopardy
  • Straightforward exercise and test end-points, including target heart rate
  • Avoid showering until complete cool-down

The patient’s non-cardiac health must be considered to prevent complications. Conditions such as insulin-dependent diabetes requires formulating the increased glucose/insulin dynamic in with exercise. Smokers, obese patients, and patients with metabolic syndrome and/or dyslipidemia underscore the value of the resting ECG prior to testing.


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