The reproducibility of hemodynamic, electrocardiographic, and gas exchange data during treadmill exercise in patients with stable angina pectoris

Chest. 1984 Sep;86(3):375-82. doi: 10.1378/chest.86.3.375.


Fourteen male patients with exercise test-induced angina and ST-segment depression underwent treadmill testing on three consecutive days to evaluate the reproducibility of certain treadmill variables. Computerized ST-segment analysis and expired gas analysis, including anaerobic threshold, were evaluated for reproducibility using an intra-class correlation coefficient analysis. Measured oxygen uptake at peak exercise displayed better reproducibility than total treadmill time, the onset of angina, and the gas exchange anaerobic threshold (ATGE). The double product, heart rate, and ST-segment displacement in lead X were found to be reproducible at peak exercise, the onset of angina, and the ATGE. The incorporation of gas exchange analysis can provide accurate physiologic determinants of exercise capacity in patients with angina pectoris. In addition, noninvasive estimates of myocardial oxygen demand and ischemia can be reproducibly determined. These findings have important implications for the design of studies evaluating the effects of an intervention on angina pectoris.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Angina Pectoris / metabolism*
  • Electrocardiography
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxygen Consumption*
  • Physical Exertion
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange