Letters Exercise ECGs in angina

Which “angiographic positives” will die from heart disease?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3100 (Published 24 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3100
  1. G H Hall, retired physician1
  1. 1Exeter EX1 2HW
  1. h.2{at}which.net

    Behind the discussion of the prognostic value of exercise electrocardiography (ECG) in suspected angina1 lies the problem of Barraclough’s gold standard of clinically significant coronary artery disease (previous letter).

    Angiographically demonstrated coronary artery disease is common, and we don’t know which of the “positives” will develop it or die from it. Are there any long term follow-up studies—with a decent control group, of course?


    Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3100


    • Competing interests: None declared.


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