Usefulness of low-level exercise testing early after acute myocardial infarction in patients taking beta-blocking agents

Ronald J. Krone, J. Philip Miller, John A. Gillespie, Francis M. Weld

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Abstract

The value of low-level exercise testing early after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in 207 patients taking β-blocking drugs was evaluated in a multicenter study of prognosis after AMI. After stratifying patients according to the absence of significant rales upon admission or pulmonary congestion on the admitting chest x-ray, the results of the exercise test (ability to complete the 9-minute protocol) permitted a large cohort (108 patients, 52% of exercising patients) with no deaths from cardiac causes in the year after AMI to be identified. The results suggest that even in patients taking β-blocking agents, low-level exercise testing together with clinical stratification has value in identifying a large group of patients with a good prognosis after AMI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalThe American journal of cardiology
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1987

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