Dobutamine Stress Echo Is Superior to Exercise Stress Testing in Achieving Target Heart Rate among Patients on Beta BlockersSabbath A. · Pack M. · Markiewicz R. · John J. · Gaballa M. · Goldman S. · Thai H.
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, University of Arizona, Sarver Heart Center Tucson, Ariz., USA
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Published guidelines recommend continuing β-adrenergic receptor blockade in patients undergoing stress testing. We evaluated the role of pharmacological versus exercise stress testing in achieving target heart rate (THR) among patients on β-adrenergic blockade. We compared data from 140 patients who underwent dobutamine stress echo (DSE) and 143 patients who underwent exercise treadmill testing (ETT). In both groups, β-adrenergic blocker was continued at the time of stress testing. Overall, patients undergoing DSE achieved THR more frequently than ETT. With β-adrenergic blockade, DSE patients met THR more frequently than ETT patients (p < 0.001). Without β-adrenergic blockade, there was no difference between either modality in achieving THR. In both DSE and ETT patients, absence of β-adrenergic blockade increased the odds of achieving THR [odds ratio (OR): 2.46, p = 0.042 and OR: 7.44, p < 0.001, respectively]. Atropine use with DSE increased the odds of achieving THR (OR: 3.76, p = 0.006). In conclusion, pharmacological stress testing appears to be superior to exercise stress testing in achieving THR among patients on β-adrenergic blockade.
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