Ask the doctor: Exercise versus pharmacologic stress testing

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An exercise stress test done on a treadmill.

Published: March, 2014

Q. I was having occasional chest pains, and my primary care physician recommended a stress test. Because I have bad knees, the cardiologist had me take a stress test using a medication instead of doing exercise. Fortunately, the results were normal. But it made me wonder: is one type better than the other?

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