Washington: Doctors still swear by the reliability of the exercise stress test, a technology first developed in 1928, which is not only the most widely used diagnostic tool for coronary artery disease, but also beats high-tech equipment in terms of correct diagnosis."Even though they`ve been around for nearly a century, they cannot only tell us if you currently have heart disease, but can also predict your risk for it in the future," said Martha Gulati from the Ohio State University`s Wexner Medical Centre.Also commonly known as the treadmill test, the equipment comprises a treadmill, stopwatch, a 12-lead electrocardiograph (ECG) machine, leads, sticking tape and clips.Doctors attach small electrodes to your body, which monitor your heart during exercise, charting everything from beats per minute, pulse rate and blood pressure and can also measure things like capacity, blood flow and recovery times, the journal Current Problems in Cardiology reports."By today`s standards these tests may seem low-tech, but they can be highly effective and very efficient in diagnosing heart problems," said Gulati, according to an Ohio statement.The test is non-invasive and can be administered in doctor`s offices. "We sometimes get caught up in the latest technology in our society, and often what gets ignored is the simple stuff," said Gulati.
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