STRESS TESTING AND NUCLEAR IMAGING
Stress ECG and stress imaging studies are widely used noninvasive procedures that provide important information on cardiac function and the presence of hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease (CAD). The correct use of stress testing is critically important for the cost-effective management of patients with known or suspected CAD. When the most appropriate procedure is performed, it provides important diagnostic and prognostic information that determines the optimal management strategy to be undertaken for that individual. Stress testing is also used in patients with known CAD to determine exercise “prescriptions” before cardiac rehabilitation (Fig. 10.1).