Value of Treadmill Exercise Testing in Patients With Complete Bundle Branch Block

Susmano, Armando; Teran, Julio C.
June 1979
Angiology;Jun1979, Vol. 30 Issue 6, p395
Academic Journal
Exercise electrocardiography and selective coronary arteriography was performed in 24 consecutive patients with complete bundle branch block. The criteria for a positive exercise electrocardiogram (E-ECG) were a I mm depression or elevation in the J point from the control state, as well as in the ST segment measured at 0.04 seconds from the J point. Eleven of 12 patients with complete left bundle branch block had a positive E-ECG. Nine of them had normal coronary arteriograms, except one with less than 50% lesions in two arteries. Two patients had severe three-vessel disease. Only one patient had a true negative exercise test. No patient had a false negative test. Nine of 12 patients with complete right bundle branch block had a positive E-ECG. One of these 9 had minimal nonobstructive disease, while the other 8 had severe two- or three-vessel coronary artery disease. Three of the 12 right bundle branch block patients had a negative E-ECG. Two of them had a true negative exercise test, and one a false negative test. Because of a high incidence of probably false positive results. E-ECG appears to be unreliable in detecting coronary artery disease in patients with complete left bundle branch block. But it can provide useful information in the noninvasive evaluation of coronary artery disease in patients with complete right bundle branch block.


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