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Exercise Test as a Prognostic Tool

This is an educational poster aimed at reviewing the interpretation of exercise ECG test as a prognostic tool. In order to do so, the poster goes over some factors that should be considered when evaluating the results of this test and it reviews the electrode placement of the Modified Mason-Likar Configuration. Lastly, this poster reviews the Heart Rate Recovery (HRR) and Metabolic Equivalents of Tasks (METs) graphs and give an overview of some of the more common exercise testing protocols used.

This poster can be downloaded at the end of the page

HRR (Heart Rate Recovery)

Heart Rate Recovery Graph

METs (Metabolic Equivalents of Task)

Metabolic Equivalents of Task Graph

Modified Mason-Likar Electrode Placement

Modified Mason-Likar Electrode Placement

Exercise Test Reponses

Exercise Test Responses

Exercise Testing Protocols

Exercise Test Responses


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  • Circulatory
  • ECG
  • Cardiac care
  • Clinical