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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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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 causes lower calves to swell. Had venous doppler test. Showed little reflux In one. Started when had Cdiff with abnormal ekg. Stress test okay.

What causes lower calves to swell. Had venous doppler test. Showed little reflux In one. Started when had Cdiff with abnormal ekg. Stress test okay.

Fluid in the legs: If someone has had a recent illness, swelling in the legs can be a byproduct of that-esp. if it was severe. If you had C. diff, then you probably were quite ill. I suspect your albumin must be low (a protein in the blood and correlate of good health). Leg swelling in your case is probably from tissue fluid (lymph) that's sitting there in that 3rd space. As your health recovers, it should go away. ...Read more

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On a stress test the double product achieved was 28,512. Is this cause for concern?

On a stress test the double product achieved was 28,512. Is this cause for concern?

Several issues here:: Double product=highest systolic pressure times max heart rate, e.g 169 mmHg x 169 BPM = 28561. 170 BPM=not very high for age; predicted max near 190. Stress tests=crucially dependent on achieving max predicted rate; else sensitivity markedly ?ed for detecting >75% narrowing of major heart arteries. Yet all stress tests miss most (nearly all) disease. Thus would not rely; use better strategies. ...Read more

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Can a stress test done improperly cause a cranial hemorage, causing person to die in 4 days?

Can a stress test done improperly cause a cranial hemorage, causing person to die in 4 days?

Could: A stress test done properly or otherwise is not associated with intracranial hemorrhage. The largest risk factor for ICH is high blood pressure. Many people with ICH die within the first few days. ...Read more

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Can a nuclear stress test cause you problems?

Can a nuclear stress test cause you problems?

Typically not: The only "risk" would be during the stress part, when one runs on a treadmill or gets a drug alternative. However, there is little risk here because this is monitored with an ekg and supervised by a cardiologist/nuclear physician. One drug that is used for stress even has an agent that can reverse its side effects. In summary, under normal standard-of care-conditions, there should be little risk. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have my stress test result be borderline abnormal?

What does it mean to have my stress test result be borderline abnormal?

You need a nuclear 1: women have more noise in conventional ekg stress tests. For this reason for a lot of years it was recommended to give dye studies (nuclear stress tests). Frankly all of stress tests fell a bit out of favor except for risk forcasting so we didn't care so much whether it worked. But the dye study gives much more accurate results in women. ...Read more

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Can stress cause irregular heartbeats?

Can stress cause irregular heartbeats?

Yes, it can: But you should still be evaluated by your family doctor or a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I am 65 yrs old and my test show mild anterior apical ischemia EF 76% Stress test abnormal for mild ischemia .

I am 65 yrs old and my test show mild anterior apical ischemia EF 76% Stress test abnormal for mild ischemia .

Clinical correlation: Deciding best treatment option for you really depends on your symptoms...in other words, why did you have the stress test? Chest pain? Shortness of breath, etc? Second, treatment ought to be guided by risk/benefit analysis of intervention vs medical treatment. You need to have a candid discussion with a qualified cardiologist to ascertain best next step, and intervention, if any. ...Read more

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How long does caffeine stays in your system? Cause I have stress test tomor and I ate a piece of chocolate cake at 4 pm

How long does caffeine stays in your system? Cause I have stress test tomor and I ate a piece of chocolate cake at 4 pm

Caffeine . : Caffeine stays in your system about 10 -12 hours . Don't worry though chocolate does not have caffeine in it as far as I know snd it should not affect your stress test results significantly ...Read more

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At rest my oxygen sats are 98-100%, but after a recent stress test they dropped to 87%. What causes oxygen sats to drop after exertion?

At rest my oxygen sats are 98-100%, but after a recent stress test they dropped to 87%. What causes oxygen sats to drop after exertion?

Supply and demand: The exertion increases the demand for oxygen in many of your body's systems perhaps. Thus, unless the supply is also increased - there will be a (hopefully brief and moderate) shortage. With the procedures you've been through, be sure to ask providers for clear guideline for exercise and self-monitering. When to stop and when to call for help. Ask until you understand. I hope it goes well. ...Read more