Discussion Paper Title
Assessment of chest pain in a low risk patient: is the exercise tolerance test obsolete?
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A 55 year old man presents with chest pain that he has had for a few months. He is a keen cyclist and a non-smoker with normal blood pressure. He has a serum total cholesterol concentration of 6.1 mmol/L (with an high density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration of 1.5 mmol/L). The chest pain is anterior, poorly localised, mild, and intermittent, though sometimes associated with exercise. It generally resolves after a few minutes whether or not the patient continues to exercise. Examination and his resting 12 lead electrocardiograph are normal.
Barraclough, K., Gale, C.P. & Hall, R. (2015) Assessment of Chest Pain in a Low Risk Patient: Is The Exercise Tolerance Test Obsolete? British Medical Journal. BMJ 2015;350:h1905. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h1905 (Published 6 May 2015)