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Diagnostic value of the head-up tilt test and the R-test in patients with syncope

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Author(s): Riccardo Raddino | Gregoriana Zanini | Debora Robba | Ivano Bonadei | Federica Chieppa | Claudio Pedrinazzi | Giorgio Caretta | Alberto Madureri | Enrico Vizzardi | Livio Dei Cas

Journal: Heart International
ISSN 1826-1868

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3-4;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The diagnostic value of the head-up tilt test (HUTT) in discovering vasovagal syndrome depends on the pre-test probability. An accurate anamnesis and clinical examination screens the patients indicated for the HUTT. In patients with unexplained syncope, the R-test is an alternative procedure to discover its cause. In our study, we evaluated the diagnostic significance of the HUTT in a group of 211 patients and of the R-test in a subgroup of 45 patients with negative HUTT results and with negative traditional Holter ECG monitoring (24 hr). (Heart International 2006; 3-4: 171-7)
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