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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 stress test: You walk/run on a treadmill while you have a continuous ekg to see if your heart looks like it lacks oxygen as you work harder. For people that can't exercise you can give them medication to simulate exercise. Sometimes you will also have a heart ultrasound (echocardiogram) at the same time. ...Read more

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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's the purpose of the exercise stress test?

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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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 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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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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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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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

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


Dr. James Dukelow
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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