Exercise testing in patients with aortic stenosis

J. E. Atwood, S. Kawanishi, J. Myers, V. F. Froelicher

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Effort syncope in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) has long been recognized in the medical literature. Recent guidelines regarding exercise testing by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology list moderate to severe AS as a contraindication for exercise testing. The following report illustrates the potential danger of exercising adult patients with AS. In addition, we review the mechanisms responsible for effort syncope in aortic stenosis and the value and limits of exercise testing in patients with AS, discuss how to monitor patients with AS during exercise testing, and define clinical situations in which exercise testing may be of value in AS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1083-1087
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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