Cardiovascular Clinical Physiology Laboratory
The Clinical Physiology Stress Testing Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was established in 1981. The laboratory performs more than 7,250 cases per year using a multidisciplinary approach of health care professionals. The staff is comprised of physicians, physiologists and technologists.
The various laboratories features state-of-the-art equipment and has a national and international reputation as a core lab for various research projects utilizing stress testing as an outcome measurement. Clinically, the lab is utilized to provide detection, prognosis and risk stratification of various forms of
Modalities of Testing
Modalities of testing include exercise testing with non-imaging, nuclear perfusion and echocardiography/wall motion or gradient. Pharmacologic or pacing stress is used as indicated. Metabolic (oxygen consumption) and oxygen saturation testing can be performed in conjunction with select stress testing. T-wave alternan can be utilized to detect patients who are at increased risk for
sudden cardiac death syndrome.
Patients Appropriate for Referral
Patients with the following conditions are appropriate for referral:
Chest pain syndrome
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Unexplained arm, neck, back or jaw discomfort
- Fatigue or weakness
- Dizziness and