Safety and feasibility of atropine added in patients with sub-maximal heart rate during exercise myocardial perfusion SPECT.

Salvatore Paterna, Pietro Di Pasquale, Filippo Felice, Annamaria Martino, Filippo Maria Sarullo, Corrado Ventimiglia, Vincenzo Azzarello, Andrea Taormina, Andrea Martino, Anna Maria Taormina

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    Abstract

    Background Failure to reach 80% of maximal predicted heart rate (HR) during exercise may render a myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) study non-diagnostic for ischemia detection. We sought to investigate the injection of atropine in patients who fail to achieve 80% of age-predicted HR during exercise performed for myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS), defining its safety and efficacy to raise HR to adequate levels as well as its effect on MPS interpretation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)511-518
    Number of pages8
    JournalTHE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING
    Volume23
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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