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Should I expect additional testing? I have stress-induced wall motion abnormalities on stress echo.

My stress echo results say that there are stress induced wall motion abnormalities. The basilar inferolateral segments become moderately hypokinetic on the post-stress images. My baseline ECG is normal, and ejection fraction is 77%, which seems good from what I have read. Risk stratification per Duke score is low, which seems to indicate low risk as well. But, I have been referred to a cardiologist. I would like to know what "they" will be checking/looking for, and if I should expect additional testing? Thanks!

submitted by Sandra from Holland, Michigan on 6/20/2014

Answer:

Roberto Lufschanowski, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Roberto Lufschanowski, MD  

Dear Sandra: Most likely, the cardiologist will order a nuclear stress test depending on your age and other risk factors. 

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