Bruce protocol

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Bruce protocol

(brūs),
a standardized protocol for electrocardiogram-monitored exercise using increasing speeds and elevations of the treadmill; a test for ischemia usually due to coronary artery disease.
See also: stress test.

Bruce protocol

A treadmill exercise protocol used to classify a patient’s functional (NYHA) status.

Bruce protocol

Cardiology A treadmill exercise protocol used to classify a Pt's functional–NYHA status. Cf Cornell protocol.

Bruce pro·to·col

(brūs prō'tŏ-kawl)
A standardized procedure for electrocardiogram-monitored exercise using increasing speeds and elevations of the treadmill; a test for ischemia usually due to coronary artery disease.
See also: stress test

Bruce protocol

a protocol for exercise tests in which the intensity is increased incrementally at 3-minute intervals. Normally a treadmill test, with increments of gradient and speed, but can be adapted for a static cycle ergometer. Used commonly in the assessment of patients with known or suspected heart disease. The modified Bruce protocol has two initial stages at a lower intensity than in the standard test, allowing assessment of those who are symptomatic at lower levels of activity or less fit as a result of other diseases, such as arthritis or respiratory disease. Named after the American 'Father of Exercise Cardiology' Robert A. Bruce.