Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica     
Picano E., Sicari R. Risk stratification by stress echocardiography: a whiter shade of pale?. In: European Journal Echocardiography, vol. 470 (03) pp. 162 - 164. Elsevier Inc, 2004.
In this issue of the Journal, Moreno et al. show the high negative predictive value of a negative dipyridamole stress echocardiogram in medically stabilized unstable angina.1 The negative predictive value was, however, lower in male patients with previous myocardial infarction. This paper adds another significant piece of information on a 20 year old line of evidence supporting the efficiency of stress echo in risk stratification, and it also raises the important issue on the need to further improve the negative predictive value of stress echo in some clinically identifiable subsets.
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