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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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27y/o non smoker. 1.5year history intermittent mild central chest discomfort worse at rest and with cold. Ecg, bloods, echo, stress test normal. Help!

27y/o non smoker. 1.5year history intermittent mild central chest discomfort worse at rest and with cold. Ecg, bloods, echo, stress test normal. Help!

Reactive airway: Perhaps you're describing reactive airway disease or asthma that's sensitive to cold & your bedroom environment (I assume that's what you mean by "at rest"). Some people w/asthma report worsening or chest tightness w/exercise & cold exposure. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/expert-answers/reactive-airway-disease/faq-20058010 & https://goo.gl/ZLnULG ...Read more

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Halter, ecg,normal thyroid, stress test, blood work and echo all ok. Still have bradycardia sometimes at rest 41 bpm. What could it be?

Halter, ecg,normal thyroid, stress test, blood work and echo all ok. Still have bradycardia sometimes at rest 41 bpm. What could it be?

Could be...: If this slow heart rate is without other symptoms and complete lab work is normal, some people can have a slow heart rate because they are athletic. If you are not athletic and would like more answers seeing your doctor or a cardiologist to review all the tests and decide the next course of action would be appropriate. ...Read more

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26, obese(bmi 41), BP 117/76. Resting heart rate only 54-60. After exercise it hardly raises. Had normal ecg/stress test last year. Is this normal?

26, obese(bmi 41), BP 117/76. Resting heart rate only 54-60. After exercise it hardly raises. Had normal ecg/stress test last year. Is this normal?

Not necessarily: As your heart rate should augment(increase) during exercise. In fact, for a stress test to be considered truly diagnostic it is defined by the you achieving a certain heart rate. If your heart rate doesn't increase either you had non-diagnostic stress test due to suboptimal heart rate levels or have some chronotropic insufficiency - as in an abnormal ability to increase your heart rate. ...Read more

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Resting EKG showed minor t wave abnormalities.. Poss inferior ischemia but exsersise EKG (stress test) was normal. Been having chest pain. Heart ultrasound done 1 mth ago was normal. What else to do?

Resting EKG showed minor t wave abnormalities.. Poss inferior ischemia but exsersise EKG (stress test) was normal. Been having chest pain. Heart ultrasound done 1 mth ago was normal. What else to do?

Next step: Your next step would be a myocardial perfusion study also known as a "chemical stress test". Regular stress tests have been known to have false negative findings especially in females but, at your age, unless there is a strong family history or other strong risk factors you should be ok. ...Read more

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Isn't a stress test EKG more reliable than a resting one? If stress test is normal than I should be good?

Isn't a stress test EKG more reliable than a resting one? If stress test is normal than I should be good?

Family practice : A stress test is better than a resting ekg in detecting potential heart disease. If there are symptoms then a thallium stress test or even a cardiac catheterization is needed to completely rule it out. ...Read more

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Card did a reg stress test full blood resting EKG all good. should I worry I can still have blockage in arteries that can cause a clot and rupture.

Card did a reg stress test full blood resting EKG all good.  should I worry I can still have blockage in arteries that can cause a clot and rupture.

Arterial blockage: a "normal" stress test does not mean an absence of partial blockage, so yes you could still develop plaque fracture/rupture with a secondary clot and occlusion. A negative stress test does not unfortunately confer immortality! ongoing or newly evolving symptoms MUST always be thoroughly investigated ...Read more

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Had ekg, stress test, chest X-ray, high/normal bp, 64-80bpm@rest, blood, and no sign of problem. What else could be causing chronic chest discomfort?

Had ekg, stress test, chest X-ray, high/normal bp, 64-80bpm@rest, blood, and no sign of problem. What else could be causing chronic chest discomfort?

Chest pain: Most commonly acid reflux/gastrointestinal problem or a muscoloskeletal pain. Unlikely to be anything very dangerous. Sounds like you're in a good spot with that workup. ...Read more

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My cardiologist did a regular treadmill stress test on me which was normal, so was resting EKG and chst xray why do i hear stress test is not gd women?

My cardiologist did a regular treadmill stress test on me which was normal, so was resting EKG and chst xray why do i hear stress test is not gd women?

Stress test ok: The problem with the stress test in women is that there are more false positive which means the test can be positive even though you do not have disease thus "falsely positive". However on the flip side, if the test is negative then it has about an 80% predictive value meaning if it is negative then about 80% of the time you do not have disease which is about the same value as in males. You are ok ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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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