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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is tested for during an exercise stress test?

What is tested for during an exercise stress test?

Coronary reserve: As a stress test progresses, the heart beats harder and faster which requires a richer and richer circulation provided by the coronary arteries. If need outstrips supply due to blockage, the test becomes abnormal. Thus a stress test is an indirect way to look for blockage. (a direct way is to fill the coronaries with dye and observe them directly) ...Read more

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How much approx does the exercise stress test cost?

How much approx does the exercise stress test cost?

Exercise tests: The regular tread mill test should cost around 300 dollars. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: exercise stress test?

What is the definition or description of: exercise stress test?

↑ Heart rate & BP: Recording an ekg while walking up a steeper & steeper incline, at a faster & faster rate, so as to increase heart contraction intensity & rate of contraction, thus blood flow needed by the heart muscle. However, atherosclerosis does not narrow arteries, clots do, & the ekg only detects major qualitative differences in capillary blood flow. Thus only severe artery disease narrowing is ever detected. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Cardiopulmonary exercise test vs Exercise stress test? Does Cardiopulmonary exercise test combines both and better?

What is the difference between Cardiopulmonary exercise test vs Exercise stress test? Does Cardiopulmonary exercise test combines both and better?

Not better: Exercise stress tests measure your peak functional capacity and ischemia (blood supply), arrhythmias, and blood pressure response. The different tests are used for different issues. Cardiopulmonary stress tests also measures peak oxygen consumption which is useful for evaluating certain disorders, particularly prior to heart transplantation ...Read more

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Im 19 and received abnormal exercise stress test results. Is there anything that could have affected the test which may have caused the abnormal results?

Im 19 and  received abnormal exercise stress test results. Is there anything that could have affected the test which may have caused the abnormal results?

Possibly: YOu may have some congenital abnormality that has caused this problem You need to see a cardiologist and will probably require a heart cath to completely eval your heart. If this is then ok you should be in the clear. You could also have some type of viral cardiomyopathy (weak her muscle) that has caused this.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does a normal exercise stress test mean there are no blockages and no coronary diseases? What percentage of blockage does it detect?

No: A normal stress test does not mean that there are no blockages. This test is not perfect by any means, i.e. There are false negative results as well. The likelihood of a significant blockage is less when there is a normal stress test. ...Read more

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Would heart scarring show up on an exercise stress test?

Would heart scarring show up on an exercise stress test?

See ur cardiologist.: This is beyond my area of expertise. However, when you ask about scarring, what do you mean exactly?Damage to the heart muscles most likely would be seen on an exercise stress test. Cardiologists use many different test to find out if the heart muscles are damaged. Only with these specific test will you know if there is damage to your heart. Please follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of the exercise stress test?

Check heart: To evaluate your heart's ability to respond to increased energy needs with exercise. ...Read more

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After an exercise stress test when they say that further evaluation is needed, what does it mean? Do I need further tests? Is it necessary?

After an exercise stress test when they say that further evaluation is needed, what does it mean? Do I need further tests? Is it necessary?

Yes: if abnormal TT, u may need to do tests to r/o CAD, chf, Cardiomyoathy or arrhythmias. u may need a nuclear tt, 2-D echo with TT or Coronary Angiogram to r/o CAD. 2-D echo to r/o CM and a 24 hr Holter Monitor to r/o arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Exercise stress test and an echo both needed to exclude heart problem at 60?

Exercise stress test and an echo both needed to exclude heart problem at 60?

Both are good.: First talk with your pcp and decide if you have risk factors or family hx that make this more likely. If so, he/she may think it is reasonable. ...Read more

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Is an exercise stress test safe if I have coronary artery disease?

Is an exercise stress test safe if I have coronary artery disease?

Yes: The risk of of a serious complication during stress testing is 1 in 10, 000. Patients with frequent and ongoing chest discomfort or aortic stenosis may not be candidates for stress testing as their risk is higher. ...Read more

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Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

For what?: These tests provide different information and have different indications. Stress tests are to look for evidence to support a diagnosis of symptomatic blocked coronary arteries. Holtor is used to evaluate for dysthymia. Echocardiogram is useful to look at the heart valves and other features. Choosing the right test depends on what symptoms you are having. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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My stress test results read " positive exercise stress test for ischemia by EKG criteria. What does that mean?

My stress test results read " positive exercise stress test for ischemia by EKG criteria. What does that mean?

This means that the: EKG portion of your stress test had changes in the waveforms that have been known to be associated with blockages of the coronary arteries. Unfortunately, greater than 15% of the time this is inaccurate in women. Less than 5% of the time in men. This is why we always do stress testing in women along with nuclear imaging. If the nuclear imaging is negative then the EKG changes are FALSE positive. ...Read more

Exercise Stress Test (Definition)

Recording an ekg while walking up a steeper & steeper incline, at a faster & faster rate, so as to increase heart contraction intensity & rate of contraction, thus blood flow needed by the heart muscle. However, atherosclerosis does not narrow arteries, clots do, & the ekg only detects major qualitative differences in capillary blood flow. Thus only severe artery disease ...Read more


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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...Read more