Non-Invasive Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease Using Cardiogoniometry Performed at Rest
Principles: Cardiogoniometry is a non-invasive technique for quantitative three-dimensional vectorial analysis of myocardial depolarization and repolarization. We describe a method of surface electrophysiological cardiac assessment using cardiogoniometry performed at rest to detect variables helpful in identifying coronary artery disease.
Methods: Cardiogoniometry was performed in 793 patients prior to diagnostic coronary angiography. Using 13 variables in men and 10 in women, values from 461 patients were retrospectively analyzed to obtain a diagnostic score that would identify patients having coronary artery disease. This score was then prospectively validated on 332 patients.
Results: Cardiogoniometry showed a prospective diagnostic sensitivity of 64%, and a specificity of 82%. ECG diagnostic sensitivity was significantly lower, with 53% and a similar specificity of 75%.
Conclusions: Cardiogoniometry is a new, noninvasive, quantitative electrodiagnostic technique which is helpful in identifying patients with coronary artery disease. It can easily be performed at rest and delivers an accurate, automated diagnostic score.
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