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Thomas R Porter

Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has been utilized extensively in the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) and prediction of patient outcome ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ). Its safety has also been thoroughly investigated in the contemporary

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Benoy N Shah, Anita MacNab, Jane Lynch, Reinette Hampson, Roxy Senior, and Richard P Steeds

Introduction Stress echocardiography was initially employed as a non-invasive means of assessing patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) by comparing regional and global left ventricular systolic function at rest and on stress

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Benoy N Shah and Roxy Senior

necessary to exclude coronary artery disease (CAD) as a possible underlying cause (e.g. angina equivalent as a cause of dyspnea). The body habitus of such patients often poses significant technical challenges for each of the noninvasive imaging techniques

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Lijun Qian, Feng Xie, Di Xu, and Thomas R Porter

Introduction Suspected symptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common reason for referral to an emergency department (ED) or outpatient clinic ( 1 ). Although standardized clinical risk scores utilizing EKG and biomarker data are

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Nicola Gaibazzi, Filippo Pigazzani, Claudio Reverberi, and Thomas R Porter

Introduction Noninvasive identification of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a clinical challenge despite the widespread use, and possible overuse, of imaging and provocative testing; more than 50% of patients currently

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Arzu Cubukcu, Ian Murray, and Simon Anderson

typical or atypical angina symptoms be referred for further investigation, in the form of functional imaging and/or coronary angiography (1) . Based on research by Pryor et al . (2) , an estimated risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) is determined

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Maria Pia Donataccio, Claudio Reverberi, and Nicola Gaibazzi

Background The combination of myocardial perfusion (MP) imaging and dipyridamole or dobutamine real-time contrast echocardiography improves the sensitivity to detect coronary artery disease (CAD), particularly multivessel CAD. Patients with diffused

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Apostolos Vrettos, David Dawson, Chrysanthos Grigoratos, and Petros Nihoyannopoulos

Introduction Percutaneous coronary intervention with TAXUS and cardiac surgery known as SYNTAX score (SS) is an angiographic tool used to determine the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients undergoing coronary angiography. Two

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Jamal N Khan, Timothy Griffiths, Tamseel Fatima, Leah Michael, Andreea Mihai, Zeeshan Mustafa, Kully Sandhu, Robert Butler, Simon Duckett, and Grant Heatlie

no published data on PLSEs. We sought to assess the feasibility, safety and robustness of PLSE for exercise and dobutamine stress echocardiography in the assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD) in real-life practice, and compare these measures

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Victoria Pettemerides, Thomas Turner, Conor Steele, and Anita Macnab

recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the initial investigation for patients presenting with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and an intermediate pre-test probability (PTP). As a result, functional imaging modalities