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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95-97

Strategy for discharges from the stress test laboratory for ambulatory patients with chest pain/dyspnea in COVID-19 times


1 Laboratory of Stress Echocardiography, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, CIBER-CV, University of A Coruña; Department of Cardiology, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, CIBER-CV, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain
2 Department of Cardiology, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, CIBER-CV, University of A Coruña, A Coruña, Spain

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jesus Peteiro
Laboratory of Stress Echocardiography, Department of Cardiology, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña, As Xubias, 84. 15006. A Coruña
Spain
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/hm.hm_7_21

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Introduction: To reduce contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic, we elaborated a protocol for ambulatory referrals for exercise testing that included discharges from the stress test laboratory (STL). Methods and Results: From 403 patients referred for chest pain (68%) or dyspnea (32%), 219 were straight discharged from the STL (54%), without findings of coronary artery disease in 192 (88%), whereas in 120 (29.5%), further visits were recommended. Medical treatment was modified after the tests in 116 patients (29%). Conclusions: A strategy consisting of discharge from the STL for patients with negative/spurious stress test results, making therapeutic recommendations, seems feasible, effective, and overall opportune in the current situation.


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