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Letters Exercise ECGs in angina

Sensitivity and specificity of exercise ECG in heart disease

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3098
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner1
  1. 1Painswick GL6 6TY
  1. k.barraclough{at}

    In a cohort of patients considered (and proved) to be at high risk of angina, exercise electrocardiography (ECG) had a sensitivity of only 53% for identifying those who would have an acute coronary event in the next 2.5 years.1

    At first sight this seems quite low. The American Heart …

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