Heart Mind

COMMUNICATION
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


Jesus Peteiro, Alberto Bouzas-Mosquera, Cayetana Barbeito-Caamaño, Jose Manuel Vazquez-Rodriguez 
 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

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

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.


How to cite this article:
Peteiro J, Bouzas-Mosquera A, Barbeito-Caamaño C, Vazquez-Rodriguez JM. Strategy for discharges from the stress test laboratory for ambulatory patients with chest pain/dyspnea in COVID-19 times.Heart Mind 2021;5:95-97


How to cite this URL:
Peteiro J, Bouzas-Mosquera A, Barbeito-Caamaño C, Vazquez-Rodriguez JM. Strategy for discharges from the stress test laboratory for ambulatory patients with chest pain/dyspnea in COVID-19 times. Heart Mind [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Dec 9 ];5:95-97
Available from: http://www.heartmindjournal.org/article.asp?issn=2468-6476;year=2021;volume=5;issue=3;spage=95;epage=97;aulast=Peteiro;type=0