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Am J Cardiol. 2004 Feb 15;93(4):450-2.

Prediction of all-cause mortality in women with known or suspected coronary artery disease by stress technetium-99m tetrofosmin myocardial perfusion imaging.

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Thorax Center and Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


We studied the incremental value of stress technetium-99m tetrofosmin imaging for predicting all-cause mortality in 503 women (aged 58 +/- 12 years) with known or suspected coronary artery disease. The annual mortality rate was 1.4% with normal perfusion and 4% with abnormal perfusion (p <0.01) during a follow-up of 3.5 +/- 1.2 years. In an incremental multivariate analysis model, clinical predictors of mortality were age, diabetes mellitus, smoking, and a lower systolic blood pressure during stress. An abnormal scan was incremental to clinical data in predicting mortality.

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