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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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Can you please discuss the problems or reactions to a chemical stress test?

Can you please discuss the problems or reactions to a chemical stress test?

Low blood pressure: Drugs such as Adenosine are used for chemical stress test and can cause hypotension, and worsen breathing in patients with COPD or asthma. ...Read more

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Could a 91 year old women have a chemical stress test?

Depends: Depends on what the co morbidities of the patient are and if she has a complicated cardiac history. She can have chemical stress test if she has positive risk factors and signs for cardiac disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have major cardiac side effects after a chemical stress test?

Is it possible to have major cardiac side effects after a chemical stress test?

Yes: Can precipitate an ischemic event, if

stress relates in decreased coronary

flow during maximum stress. ...Read more

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I had a chemical stress test this afternoon. My heart is racing still and I am very flushed. Is that normal?

I had a chemical stress test this afternoon. My heart is racing still and I am very flushed. Is that normal?

Not usually: Chemical stress tests w Dobutamine can cause heart racing but the Dobutamine typically wears off quickly. Lexiscan or Adenosine usually slow the heart rate. Let your doctor know. Rarely an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation can occur w a chemical stress test and persist after, w fast heart rate (irregular) and possibly flushing. ...Read more

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Thallium dipyridamole stress test with the radioactive chemical given is it true that it is dangerous to be near babies and children after procedure?

Thallium dipyridamole stress test with the radioactive chemical given is it true that it is dangerous to be near babies and children after procedure?

No: The amount of thallium given during a stress test is between 20 and 30 times less than the level where you are releasing enough radiation to be of concern. The half life of thallium is short. To be extra careful I wouldn't be worried after 24 hrs at most. ...Read more

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Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

Caffeine ok while having a chemical cardiac stress test using dipyridamole, persantine?

NO!!!!: Caffeine should not be ingested prior to pharmacologic cardiac stress since it can interfere with the results. Stopping caffeine ingestion for at least 24 hours prior to pharmacologic stress should be sufficient. If caffeine is ingested and pharmacologic stress is performed, this can cause false negative results. If you have taken caffeine, stress may be rescheduled or switched to dobutamine. ...Read more

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I had a two day chemical stress test for my heart. Today I have a generalized soreness around my heart. My vital signs are good. Is this normal?

I had a two day chemical stress test for my heart. Today I have a generalized soreness around my heart. My vital signs are good. Is this normal?

It's normal: To be "concentrating" on your heart more after such testing!! The test itself did not hurt you since you were monitored before during and after the actual testing!

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I am unable to take a stress test while on the treadmill since I have lung and asthma problems. What reactions should I expect from the chemical stress tests?

I am unable to take a stress test while on the treadmill since I have lung and asthma problems. What reactions should I expect from the chemical stress tests?

Depends on lung issu: There are two main types of chemical stress tests: Adenosine and persantine. Adenosine can/and does induce asthma attacks in many asthmatics so make sure the cardiologist knows about your asthma. It can be reversed but they don't like affecting the lungs when posible. Generally what they do is make your heart beat faster and pump harder. So you feel a little jumpy but rarely and specific pain. ...Read more

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How is a stress test done?

How is a stress test done?

Stress Test: Check this great article from mayo clinic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/stress-test/my00977/. ...Read more

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How to read stress test report?

Takes a long time to: Learn how to do this. I will refer you to a website on it if you are interested, but I would really recommend that you contact your cardiologist about what is means for you.
www. Aafp. Org › journals › AFP › vol. 59/no. 2 (january 15, 1999)‎






1999 - ‎cited by 14 - ‎related articles
jan 15, 1999 - the exercise stress test is a useful screening tool for the detection of. ..The test report contai. ...Read more

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What does a stress test rule out?

Nothing: A stress test which is negative lessens the probabilities that organic heart disease is responsible for symptoms, but there are patients who have occurred heart attacks shortly after negative stress tests. You cannot rule anything out with this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fail a stress test?

Is it possible to fail a stress test?

Target heart rate...: If you are having an exercise stress test, there is a target heart rate which needs to be reached. This target heart rate is 85% of your maximum predicted heart rate. Maximum predicted heart rate is given by equation (220 - age). If you do not reach target heart rate, the exercise test may need to be converted to a pharmacologic stress test. Therefore you have "failed" to exercise adequately. ...Read more

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How often can you need a stress test?

Only when needed: Stress test is not a screening test, its only done when recommended by a physician and is only recommended when there is something positive in cardiac history. Once its done and is negative it does not need to be repeated unless there is an onset of a new symptom. ...Read more

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What's a stress test and what's it for?

What's a stress test and what's it for?

Heart test: A stress test is also known as an "exercise stress test" and it involves you running on a treadmill until we "stress" your heart to it's predicted maximal heart rate (220 minus your age).If you have heart disease we often see changes in the continuous ECG done during the run. ...Read more

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What does a non-stress test consist of?

What does a non-stress test consist of?

Imaging: Heart Imaging tests (nuclear, ultrasound & MRI) are a non-invasive way of evaluating heart function performed in conjunction with physical activity (treadmill or bicycle) or using non physical means (using intravenous medication eg. Dobutamine, lexiscan, adenosine or dipyridamole). All the above provide indirect information on blood flow, presence of scars and the strength of heart contractions ...Read more

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Can you advise for results on stress test?

Can you advise for results on stress test?

Question is too: Vague. It is always best to be informed of results by the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

Cardiac: I'm assuming you're referring to a cardiac stress test that is used to diagnose heart conditions and physical stamina. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a stress test?

Stress test: A stress test for screening purposes usually has no associated pain. Treadmill stress testing can lead to tired legs and shortness of breath. If the stress test has changes suggestive of a blocked artery, and the patient has chest pain or pressure, the tst is stopped and is sent for immediate catherization. Chest pain or pressure suggests heart disease. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of negative stress test?

No signs: If a stress test is negative, it means that there are no indications of coronary problems on the basis of the test. If the patient still experiences symptoms, other tests may be ordered, since a stress test is not fool proof. ...Read more

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What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

What happens during a non-stress test (nst)?

Baby monitoring: A non-stress test is a way of checking on the baby. We listen to and record the fetal heart for 20-30 minutes. We are looking at the baseline heart rate and how the heart rate goes up or down. We are looking at this to see if the baby is getting enough oxygen or if there are other problems with how the baby is doing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me a non stress test consist of?

Can you tell me a non stress test consist of?

Non stress Test: Here is a good article that reviews non stress tests:
http://americanpregnancy. Org/prenataltesting/non-stresstest. Html. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my stress test is negative?

What does it mean if my stress test is negative?

Your heart's OK!: It means you did not show signs of heart trouble with exercise ("stressing the heart"), and is generally a sign that your heart function is normal, which it should be at age 34. ...Read more

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How does stress test check or measure oxygenation?

How does stress test check or measure oxygenation?

CPET: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing measures oxygen consumption at rest and during maximum exercise, usually on a stationary bicycyle or sometimes on a treadmill. .. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your stress test is negative?

"negative" is good: A "negative" stress test means the absence of what is being tested for--i.e. No signs of flow-limiting blockages in coronary arteries. In other words, the heart muscle is getting plenty of blood flow. It's important to note that a normal stress test does not mean the absence of underlying non-obstructive coronary disease. Detecting this may require other tests, depending on your risk profile. ...Read more

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Can I get to keep my shirt on during a stress test?

EKG leads: You will need to allow the technicians to apply ekg leads to your chest for the stress test. You might be able to wear a shirt or robe if the garment will button over these leads. Ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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