Purpose of review: Stress echocardiography has a high accuracy for the detection of coronary artery disease. Additionally, it provides clinically useful prognostic information, such as resting left ventricular function, myocardial viability, stress-induced ischemia, vascular extent of wall motion abnormalities, and changes in end-systolic volume and ejection fraction with stress. Recent developments: The timing, extent, and severity of the stress-induced wall motion abnormalities are important determinants of long-term prognosis. Previous studies have shown the efficacy of stress echocardiography in predicting long-term cardiac events in mixed patient groups and the value of this test in selected patient subsets. Summary: This review attempts to define the role of stress echocardiography for prognostication in coronary artery disease, pointing out the ability of this technique to identify low-risk and high-risk subsets among patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease and thus guide patient management decisions.

Coronary artery disease, Prognosis, Stress echocardiography
dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.hco.0000175516.50181.c0, hdl.handle.net/1765/60617
Current Opinion in Cardiology
Department of Cardiology

Biagini, E, Elhendy, A, Bax, J.J, Schinkel, A.F.L, & Poldermans, D. (2005). The use of stress echocardiography for prognostication in coronary artery disease: An overview. Current Opinion in Cardiology (Vol. 20, pp. 386–394). doi:10.1097/01.hco.0000175516.50181.c0