Conditions under which an exercise stress test should be stopped

Conditions under which an exercise stress test should be stopped

  • • The patient cannot continue because of dyspnea, chest pain, fatigue, or musculoskeletal problems.
  • • The patient has a significant hypertensive response.
  • • The patient develops ST segment depression greater than 3 mm.
  • • The patient develops ST segment elevation, heralding a possible myocardial infarction.
  • • The patient develops a potentially dangerous dysrhythmia, such as ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, very rapid supraventricular tachycardia, or heart block.
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