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“Both echocardiography and nuclear imaging are used for provocative “stress” testing of the heart. When combined with exercise or other forms of stress such as administering inotropic or vasodilating drugs, both are able to identify the presence of coronary artery-obstructing lesions that decrease the cross-sectional area of the coronary artery 40 percent or more.”

Weisfeldt M, Zeiman S. Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: One of the most important contributors to improved human survival is the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Health Aff. 2007; 26(1): 25-37. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/26/1/25

Reference

Title
Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: One of the most important contributors to improved human survival is the treatment of cardiovascular disease
Publication
Health Aff
Publication Date
2007
Authors
Weisfeldt M, Zeiman S
Volume & Issue
Volume 26, Issue 1
Pages
25-37
URL
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  • Innovative Medical Research
  • Human Value

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