Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
On-line version ISSN 1678-4170
WILSON, Mathias Jr et al. Prognostic value of dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography. Arq. Bras. Cardiol. [online]. 1997, vol.69, n.2, pp. 95-99. ISSN 1678-4170. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0066-782X1997000800004.
PURPOSE: To determine the prognostic value of dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography (DASE). METHODS: We studied 452 consecutive patients at high risk for coronary artery disease, using DASE. They were followed during a mean period of 23 months. RESULTS: There were 9 cardiac deaths and 2 acute myocardial infarctions in the group of patients with positive tests, and there were 2 myocardial infarctions and 1 cardiac death in patients with negative DASE. CONCLUSION: We conclude that DASE reliably identifies patients at high risk for hard cardiac events.
Keywords : echocardiography; coronary artery disease; dobutamine.