What is the False Positive Rate for Nuclear Stress Tests?
I've been looking around for this info, but can't find anything current. As of 2007 it seems like the rate of false positives was about 20%, which seems a little high to me. Does anyone know if they have made some advancements in either the equipment or interpretation that yields a better rate nowadays?
I've got a angiogram scheduled due to an abnormality that showed on the image on the stress test, but not on the EKG. I'm 47, in decent shape and my cholesterol is not bad (total 164, but the lipoprofile is at 1249: just shy of high). I do have a family history, though, and PVC's. Some chest pain, too, but both the doctors and I think it is probably an unrelated stress symptom.
I'm just second guessing my decision to go ahead with the angiogram, and would like to know if anyone has current data on the accuracy of the stress test imaging.
Coming to grips with this happening to ME