The safety of treadmill exercise stress testing in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms

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Background: Exercise stress testing in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms may cause enlargement or rupture of aneurysms. Objective: To evaluate the safety of treadmill exercise stress testing in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Design: Retrospective descriptive study. Setting: Tertiary care center. Patients: 262 patients who had abdominal aortic aneurysms more than 4 cm in diameter and underwent treadmill exercise stress testing. Measurements: Pain after stress testing, rupture of the aneurysm or death, aneurysm size, and exercise stress test results. Results: The average aneurysm diameter was 5.5 ± 1.1 cm. One patient with a 6.1-cm aneurysm was found to have a contained rupture 12 hours after stress testing. The event rate for aneurysm rupture was 0.4% (95% CI, 0.0% to 2.1%). No deaths or other negative outcomes were documented. Conclusion: Despite theoretical concerns, exercise stress testing of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms seems to be safe and is associated with a low incidence of acute adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-631
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume129
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 15 1998

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Aneurysm
Exercise
Safety
Rupture
Exercise Test
Pain Measurement
Tertiary Care Centers
Retrospective Studies
Incidence

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The safety of treadmill exercise stress testing in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. / Best, Patricia; Tajik, A. Jamil; Gibbons, Raymond J; Pellikka, Patricia.

In: Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 129, No. 8, 15.10.1998, p. 628-631.

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