The diagnostic accuracy of the following methods of analysing exercise tests were evaluated: (a) the cumulative area of ST segment depression during exercise normalised for workload and heart rate (exercise score); (b) discriminant analysis of electrocardiographic exercise variables, workload, and symptoms; and (c) ST segment amplitude changes during exercise adjusted for heart rate. Three hundred and forty five men without a history of myocardial infarction were studied. One hundred and twenty three were apparently healthy. Less than half (170) had coronary artery disease. All had a normal electrocardiogram at rest. A Frank lead electrocardiogram was computer processed during symptom limited bicycle ergometry. The accuracy of the exercise score (a) was low (sensitivity 67%, specificity 90%). Discriminant analysis (b) and ST segment amplitude changes adjusted for heart rate (c) had excellent diagnostic characteristics (sensitivity 80%, specificity 90%), which were little affected by concomitant use of beta blockers. Both methods seem well suited for diagnostic application in clinical practice.

*Electrocardiography, *Exercise Test, Adult, Aged, Comparative Study, Coronary Disease/*diagnosis, Discriminant Analysis, Heart Rate, Human, Male, Methods, Middle Aged, Sensitivity and Specificity
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British Heart Journal
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Deckers, J.W, Rensing, B.J.W.M, Tijssen, J.G.P, Vinke, R.V.H, Azar, A.J, & Simoons, M.L. (1989). A comparison of methods of analysing exercise tests for diagnosis of coronary artery disease. British Heart Journal, 62(6), 438–444. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/5403