Although the accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography far the detection of coronary artery disease in a high-risk population is known, it has not been well defined for lower risk groups. Two probability groups, high (>75%; n = 199) and intermediate (>10% but ≤75%; n = 118), were studied. Dobutamine stress echocardiography was performed in a standard fashion. Significant coronary artery disease was defined as o >50% luminal diameter stenosis on coronary angiography. The positive predictive accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography for the detection of coronary artery disease was greater in the high-probability group (96% vs 86%), as was the sensitivity (89% vs 78%), whereas the negative predictive value was greater in the intermediate-probability group (50% vs 23%), as was the specificity (63% vs 50%). Dobutamine stress echocardiography does have a diagnostic role in the evaluation of patients with an intermediate probability of coronary artery disease.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine