Transesophageal Atrial Pacing during Echocardiography Exams

Alternative approaches in stress echocardiography.

Kamensky G, Plevova N, Slavicek F. Bratisl Lek Listy 1990 Dec;91(12):874-7. The authors' own experience as well as literary information on stress echocardiography in diagnosis of ischemic heart disease is presented. Besides dynamic postexercise echocardiography, which they consider to be the most adequate form of stress echocardiography, the authors analyze the possibilities of so-called alternative approaches, i.e. dipyridamole echocardiographic test and the use of transesophageal atrial pacing. The results of the three echocardiographic stress modalities show that their overall informative value is comparable. The practical performance is most favorable in the pharmacologic test, the highest safety is warranted in transesophageal atrial pacing, and tolerance proved to be best in the dynamic postexercise test. On choosing the actual stress modality, the authors recommend to weigh the advantages against the drawbacks before deciding on the approach of choice in the given situation so as to obtain optimal results.

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