Table 7

ā€ƒAdvantages of different stress options

First line exercise First line vasodilator drug
Huge literature and familiaritySuitable for the vast majority of patients
InexpensiveEasier if limited space and equipment
Better image quality due to reduced splanchnic uptake? easier to train non-cardiac staff
Independent prognostic informationShort, predictable protocols
Dipyridamole Adenosine
Very cheapVery short half life: adverse events rapidly reversible
Can be infused by hand