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Had a stress test done and my target heart rate was 190 but when injected with lexiscan my heart only did 175 is that good or bad?

Had a stress test done and my target heart rate was 190 but when injected with lexiscan my heart only did 175 is that good or bad?

Max predicted HR...: Exercise stress testing requires that the patient reach 85% of maximum predicted heart rate. Maximum predicted heart rate is given by equation (220-age). If adequate heart rate is not achieved then pharmacologic (lexiscan) stress test can be performed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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What does equivocal cardiac stress test mean in the results? I am a 47 year old male with hypertension controlled through medication. I completed the test reaching the target heart rate with no other symptoms. Test was part of an annual insurance check u

What does equivocal cardiac stress test mean in the results? I am a 47 year old male with hypertension controlled through medication. I completed the test reaching the target heart rate with no other symptoms. Test was part of an annual insurance check u

Stress test: Equivocal changes imply that Ekg on test show changes which were suggestive of positive but may have not met criteria completely. Using echocardiogram during stress or nick injection can be helpful to improve accuracy. Nth God standard is still cardiac Cath ...Read more

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What is treadmill stress and target heart rate?

What is treadmill stress and target heart rate?

Exercise test: Treadmill stress is to exercise on a treadmill to stress the heart and evaluate with ecg. Target rate is 85% of (220 - age). ...Read more

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Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness. Found spots on heart during test. What does this mean.

Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness. Found spots on heart during test. What does this mean.

Unfortunately: "Spots on heart" during echo stress test is not a sufficient description to be able to provide you with an answer. It sounds like you are being evaluated by a health care professional. You should address your concerns and questions to that individual. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had 2 stress test done a exercise one and a thallium one on both my heart rate dropped wha could cause it?

What do you recommend if I had 2 stress test done a exercise one and a thallium one on both my heart rate dropped wha could cause it?

Thallium?: You said "thallium" but perhaps you meant adenosine or lexiscan? - these two agents are used to perform a stress test in which you don't have to exercise, thus in contrast to your first one. Both agents can cause the heart rate to drop as a side effect which has no prognostic significance. ...Read more

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How precise is a stress test when my heart rate didn't go very high?

How precise is a stress test when my heart rate didn't go very high?

Stress test: It depends on what the test was and how much work load you achieved. If you did a very high work load and still had a low heart rate, that's good. If only low load, low rate not much information. ...Read more

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Went for thread mill stress test. At 85% heart rate it is ok but at 110% slightly positive. How do you interpret this result.

Went for thread mill stress test. At 85% heart rate it is ok but at 110% slightly positive. How do you interpret this result.

Need more data: If one exercises for 9 minutes or more on a standard bruce protocol stress test, even if one has known coronary disease, the prognosis is excellent. However, decisions concerning further testing, such as a stress echo test or an angiogram, take into consideration the presence or absence of angina (chest pain) during the test, the amount of abnormality on the ekg during the test and other factors. ...Read more

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Is it OK that I experience occ Pacs/pvcs in the first 5 to 10 minutes while walking heart rate 120 to 130 I have a normal echo, stress test. Normal bp?

Is it OK that I experience occ Pacs/pvcs in the first 5 to 10 minutes while walking heart rate 120 to 130 I have a normal echo, stress test. Normal bp?

It is not at all: Unusual to have a minor amount of both ventricular and atrial instability when initiating exercise. With normal testing it appears you don't need to worry too much about these irregularities. ...Read more

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Cardiology:Can people have a normal heart even though they reach the maximum heart rate on an treadmill stress test quickly?

Cardiology:Can people have a normal heart even though they reach the maximum heart rate on an treadmill stress test quickly?

Yes: If you reach your target quickly it means you are not conditioned. You need to exercise more and build up your endurance. Marathon runners never reach their "target." ...Read more

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Is it safe to run at slow pace, although heart rate goes into 90% range (190+) after 10 min. Resting heart rate, BP and stress test are all normal.?

Is it safe to run at slow pace, although heart rate goes into 90% range (190+) after 10 min. Resting heart rate, BP and stress test are all normal.?

Running pace: Yes. Remember that you calculate the desired heart rate for exercise by the formula: 70% x (220 - yourage) as your target heart rate. Your maximal heart rate is just 220 minus yourage. As long as you don't exceed your maximal heart rate, you should be ok. With continued exercise, your pulse will trend lower during exercise. ...Read more

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I have a slow heart rate, also extra beats, which they tell me are benign. Stress test ok, my thyroid is stable with meds. Why do I have these symptom?

I have a slow heart rate, also extra beats, which they tell me are benign. Stress test ok, my thyroid is stable with meds. Why do I have these symptom?

Stress, Perhaps: Learn to relax deeply and let go of stress, and especially any anxiety or inner pressure (http://drmiller. Pinnaclecart. Com/balance-mind-and-emotions/abolish-anxiety-2-cds/28 is a valuable program). Sometimes the generalized irritability of the nervous system may have a role to play. If a week of sheer relaxation in a vacation place diminishes the extra beats, think stress. More at drmiler. Com. ...Read more

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Stage 2 stress test heart rate was at 170 so stopped was to tired. Doc says may need loop recorder and get fit to improve symptoms.

Stage 2 stress test heart rate was at 170 so stopped was to tired. Doc says may need loop recorder and get fit to improve symptoms.

More tests needed: 170 is a very accelerated heart rate at that level of stress. You may an inappropriate sinus tachycardia or another type of arrhythmia. The stress test should help sort that out. An echocardiogram and cardiology evaluation would be appropriate. Good luck.
Feel better. ...Read more

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If my echocardiogram, ekg, and stress test, all came back normal, could doing activities that raise my heart rate by 20-100 percent be harmful?

If my echocardiogram, ekg, and stress test, all came back normal, could doing activities that raise my heart rate by 20-100 percent be harmful?

Normal studies: The probability is in favor of exercise being quite safe for someone with the normal findings you list. Having said that, without knowing anything else about you, something else could be present which would invalidate that prediction. ...Read more

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My stress test came back with significant shortness of breath and inadequate heart rate recovery. Are these findings normal cause doc did not followup?

My stress test came back with significant shortness of breath and inadequate heart rate recovery. Are these findings normal cause doc did not followup?

Sob: You should discuss the test with your doctor and ask what the interpretation of the test is. Shortness of breath and abnormal heart rate recovery can be signficant findings even if the ecg remained normal. They can also relate to just being 'out of shape'. You doctor should be able to explain about this to you ...Read more

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63 years old diabetic one kidney removed and rapid heart rate. Ggood EKG good stress test. What else could cause a rapid heart rate.

Rapid heart beat: Multiple cardiac arrythmias causes rapid heart beat. Some times anxiety itself causes rapid heart beat. Consult you physician to get holter monitor or event monitor to identify arrythmias. ...Read more

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Echo, X-ray, blood work, stress test all normal. Will take CCBs for the PVCs but worried about lowering heart rate at rest (avg rest rate 53).?

Echo, X-ray, blood work, stress test all normal. Will take CCBs for the PVCs but worried about lowering heart rate at rest (avg rest rate 53).?

Can/bradycardia: There are several CCBs that will decrease PVCs very effectively, that when monitored properly will not significantly further lower your pulse. It's a matter of effectiveness vs side effects.
I take it those PVCs are causing you symptoms? If not, in a healthy person with normal anatomical/functional heart there is no reason to treat these...
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Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve. Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage. Pre mature irregular beats. Almost faint when standing. Tired. Short breath?

Heart ultra sound shows leaky valve. Stress test heart rate 170 at 2nd stage. Pre mature irregular beats. Almost faint when standing. Tired. Short breath?

Leaky heart valve: The symptoms of lightheadedness when standing is often related to a drop in blood pressure and/or heart rate. Since you also have fatigue and shortness of breath, as well as irregular heart beats on the stress test and a leaky valve on the echocardiogram you should be evaluated by a cardiologist. There are other tests that can be performed to help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Over 2012 I've had many ekgs, an echo, a stress test and blood work. Everything comes back ok except I have a fast heart rate. Why am I so fatigued?!?

See below.: Will need to see a good doc to make you and your doc have covered the bases. If nothing can be found after extensive testing then you must consider depression / anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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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


Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more