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Early symptom-limited exercise test for risk stratification in post menopausal women with unstable coronary artery disease
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2608-2062
2000 (English)In: European Heart Journal, ISSN 0195-668X, E-ISSN 1522-9645, Vol. 21, no 3, 230-238 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims The exercise test is considered less reliable in women than in men both for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. The value, however, of the exercise test might vary with the population that is examined, the way the test is performed and which exercise test variables are taken into consideration in the analysis. The aim of the study was to evaluate an early symptom-limited exercise test as a tool for risk stratification in women with unstable coronary artery disease admitted to the coronary care unit.

Methods and Results Of the 543 women in the FRISC I study, 395 stabilized on medical treatment and performed a symptom-limited exercise test 5–8 days after inclusion. Sixteen patients with a cardiac event before the scheduled exercise test were excluded. During the 6 months follow-up 17% of the women who did not perform the exercise test and 9% of the 395 women who did, died or had a myocardial infarction (P<0·01). Multivariate stepwise logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the value of clinical variables and findings at the predischarge exercise test to predict cardiac events. Based on the exercise test results three risk groups were identified with an event rate of 19%, 9% and 1%, respectively. The exercise test was better than any of the tested clinical variables in predicting cardiac events.

Conclusion Women with unstable coronary artery disease who do not stabilize within a few days have a high event rate early during follow-up. For women who are medically stabilized, considering not only variables like ST depression and chest pain but also parameters reflecting the cardiac performance such as maximal workload and increase in rate-pressure product, an early symptom-limited exercise test is a good predictor of future cardiac events.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 21, no 3, 230-238 p.
Keyword [en]
Women, unstable angina, exercise test, prognosis
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27174DOI: 10.1053/euhj.1999.1735Local ID: 11823OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27174DiVA: diva2:247725
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2013-09-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Diagnostic and Prognostic Evaluation in Postmenopausal Women with Signs and Symptoms of Unstable Coronary Artery Disease
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diagnostic and Prognostic Evaluation in Postmenopausal Women with Signs and Symptoms of Unstable Coronary Artery Disease
2000 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the major cause of death in both men and women in the western world. The majority of studies undertaken to evaluate diagnostic methods, risk stratification and treatment of CAD, have been performed on men. Although there are studies reporting gender differences in the presentation of symptoms, prognosis and response to treatment, current recommendations for practice are based on a model of the disease in men.

The diagnostic information from basic clinical data, ECG and an early symptomlimited exercise test was evaluated in a prospective study on 200 postmenopausal women with unstable CAD. The prevalence of atherosclerosis was high (85%). A patient history and markers of myocardial injury were good predictors of significant CAD and the exercise test was as valuable for the assessment of this diagnosis in women as that reported in men.

The incremental diagnostic values of basic clinical data, the exercise test and 201TI SPECT were assessed in 121 postmenopausal women after an episode of unstable CAD. There was an incremental diagnostic value of 201TI SPECT compared to basic data and the exercise test when diagnosing significant CAD, but not regarding the identification of extensive CAD.

Evaluation of symptom-limited exercise test for risk stratification in postmenopausal women with unstable CAD was carried out on a population of 395 women in the "FRagmin during InStability in CAD" (FRISC I) Study. The exercise test was a good predictor of future cardiac death and myocardial infarction (MI) if parameters reflecting cardiac performance also were taken under consideration and not only chest pain and ST-segment depression, two parameters reflecting ischaemia and often used in studies on men. However, the patients who, after admission, did not become stable enough to perform the exercise test, had the highest risk of adverse future events.

Comparison of symptom limited exercise test and troponin T measurements for risk stratification in women and men was performed in the FRISC I study population. It was concluded that the early symptom-limited exercise test and troponin T are at least as useful as prognostic risk indicators in women as they are in men.

The gender differences in outcome after early revascularisation compared to noninvasive management was assessed in 749 women and 1708 men in the "Fast Revascularisation during InStability in CAD" (FRISC II) Study. Women were older, had less severe CAD and a better prognosis than men. Men had a more favourable outcome if randomised to early revascularisation, whereas there was an opposite trend in women, although not significant. The different outcome in women may partly be explained by A high procedure-related event rate in the invasive group compared to the non-invasive group, and an overall low event rate during follow-up. Further research is needed in this area, and in the mean time, a more conservative approach to revascularisation in women, guided by risk stratification seems reasonable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2000. 110 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 647
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27546 (URN)12207 (Local ID)91-7219-748-X (ISBN)12207 (Archive number)12207 (OAI)
Public defence
2000-11-10, Berzeliussalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-08-15Bibliographically approved

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