ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A study by Rockford Health System Heart & Vascular Center Cardiologist Tajinderpal (Tony) Saraon, M.D. examined the connection between a patient’s endurance during a preoperative stress test and the surgical outcomes.
The results were published in the June 2013 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology. The study found that patients who can exercise more than seven minutes on a treadmill stress test had better outcomes after undergoing mitral valve surgery than
those who could not exercise as long.
“Intuitively this seemed to be true, but surprisingly, there was very little evidence available. That lack of information makes this study significant,” said Dr. Saraon.
The results of the study mean physicians have an additional objective tool when trying to determine the risk of surgery versus the chance of recovery.
“We haven’t really been using stress tests in this way. The results of the test wouldn’t prevent someone from having surgery, but it would help us understand the risks,” said Dr. Saraon.