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Demystifying the cardiac stress test

Dr. Marc Wallack routinely passed his cardiac exercise stress test with flying colors. He was, after all, a veteran marathon runner with respectable cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.

But as many heart disease patients discover, a treadmill analysis often isn't enough. Six months after a "normal" stress test, surgeons cracked open Wallack's chest for quadruple bypass surgery. An artery was 95% blocked.

"I thought I understood heart disease," said Wallack, a New York City surgical oncologist who has a strong family history of the illness. But his most recent stress test looked fine. So like many men, he convinced himself that the chest pain was merely heartburn.


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