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What does a positive stress test for pro-vocable mayocardial ischemia mean?

What does a positive stress test for pro-vocable mayocardial ischemia mean?

Blockage: It means that when your heart needs it, your arteries are incapable of delivering blood evenly and sufficiently to all the heart muscle. This often means blockages in the heart arteries. Your cardiologist can tell you more. ...Read more

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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Had stent put in after a positive stress test. How long must I stay off work?

Had stent put in after a positive stress test. How long must I stay off work?

Ask ur cardiologist: There are no standard answers for these kind of questions. Many factors are involved, including age, kind of work, other illnesses, how mentally stressed u r at current job. Typically, 1-4 weeks, during whichyurt into a prescribed exercise routine, change whatever negative lifestyle habits u have. Think 'i just got a second chance at living'; what matters, what to let go of, enjoy, carpe diem... ...Read more

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Although I have several signs of heart disease and a positive stress test, I feel totally denial about it. I can't accept it. Is this common?

Although I have several signs of heart disease and a positive stress test, I feel totally denial about it. I can't accept it. Is this common?

Denial: Denial is a very common emotion whether heart disease or other. You should talk with your doctor and gain a good understanding of what your heart problem is and what needs to be done about by you and by the Doc. If you can get yourself involved actively in taking care of yourself and trying to improve your situation, the denial could be turned into a positive force for life improvement and health ...Read more

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So I had stress test done it ame back ok but they said I had reversible ischemia what's that mean am i gonna die? And had 10% positives in the test

So I had stress test done it ame back ok but they said I had reversible ischemia what's that mean am i gonna die? And had 10% positives in the test

Coronary angiogram: Reversible ischemia means that when you exercise part of heart muscle is deprived of blood supply. You are not going to die, but should consult with a cardiologist to see if you need coronary angiogram. Your heart should be at resting stage. Avoid any exercise until you have the work up done. Stress test can be sometime wrong. At age 31 i don't expect you to have coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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I had a quadruple CABG 2 years ago and recently had a positive nuclear stress test? What are my options?

I had a quadruple CABG 2 years ago and recently had a positive nuclear stress test? What are my options?

Cardiac cath. : Since the nuclear test is positive, this has to be confirmed with coronary arteriography for full evaluation and rx. Especially, in your case with previous cabg, you want to make sure that the grafts are still open. If not, angioplasty/stent or redo-cabg may be options to be considered after angiogram. Medical rx for all you know, maybe be the better recourse, depending upon angiographic findings. ...Read more

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My stress test results read " positive exercise stress test for ischemia by EKG criteria. What does that mean?

My stress test results read " positive exercise stress test for ischemia by EKG criteria. What does that mean?

This means that the: EKG portion of your stress test had changes in the waveforms that have been known to be associated with blockages of the coronary arteries. Unfortunately, greater than 15% of the time this is inaccurate in women. Less than 5% of the time in men. This is why we always do stress testing in women along with nuclear imaging. If the nuclear imaging is negative then the EKG changes are FALSE positive. ...Read more

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Stress test is positive for exercise inducted ischemic heart disease. What does this mean?

Stress test is positive for exercise inducted ischemic heart disease. What does this mean?

Positive stress: A stress test is generally done to determine if heart disease symptoms are related to actual heart disease. Sometimes people at risk for heart disease, but being prepared for stressful procedures like surgery, will have a stress test done. If a stress test suggests ischemic heart disease, generally, further evaluation, like a heart cath, should be done to confirm its presence. ...Read more

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Does chest heaviness and throat pain during stress test with no ECG changes mean its negative or posative normal hr and BP response?

Does chest heaviness and throat pain during stress test with no ECG changes mean its negative or posative normal hr and BP response?

Stress test : A routine treadmill test does a false — negative rate in other words the test is "negative " based on ECG criteria but indeed the patient has coronary disease a thallium stress or a cat scan angiogram has higher accuracy. ...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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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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What does equivocal stress test mean in the results?

What does equivocal stress test mean in the results?

Equivocal stress tes: It is inconclusive stress test. Neither positive nor negative. Hence, you need to undergo either cardiac cta (non-invasive test) or catheterization (invasive test) to define coronary anatomy to rule out blocks in heart arteries. ...Read more

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NM Stress Test Results read EF 65%??? What does this mean. I only received these results and no explanation.

NM Stress Test Results read EF 65%??? What does this mean.  I only received these results and no explanation.

Normal: This is a normal ejection fraction. The EF is the percentage of the volume of blood that is pushed out of the heart with each contraction. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I have polyps in my stress test?

What does it mean when I have polyps in my stress test?

Doesnt make sense: That does not make sense that you have polyps on your stress test. You might want to share a little more about your stress test report. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if you did badly on a nuclear stress test?

What exactly does it mean if you did badly on a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear test: It means the images on the test were not normal. You need to discuss with your doctor what the test implications are for you. It isn't so straightforward that one can know from out here. ...Read more

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What does sinus rythum suggest anteroseptal mi mean on a stress test?

What does sinus rythum suggest anteroseptal mi mean on a stress test?

Ecg : It is a reading of the echo pattern. You should discuss the test and the ecg with your doc regarding how it pertains to you specifically. ...Read more

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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 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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Does " no significant ischemia" mean there is no ischemia? This showed during stress test and found previous mi?

Maybe not: Normally if there is no ischemia, the report will say that. The statement no significant ischemia" may mean that there is a small area of posible ischemia — usually not threatening to you. Ask your doc to clarify this. ...Read more

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Nuclear stress test showed hypokenesis of the anterior wall of left ventrical. What does this mean and is it serious?

MI? Cardiomyopathy?: Usually it means a previous myocardial infarction (heart attack), with damage to that part of the heart muscle; or perhaps cardiomyopathy. Speak with the cardiologist or other doctor who did the test. ...Read more

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My stress test results were read to me over the phone by a nurse. What does large anterior reversible midlateral ischemia mean.

My stress test results were read to me over the phone by a nurse.  What does large anterior reversible midlateral ischemia mean.

Heart of the matter: Please speak with your doctor himself or herself, so you can get individualized answers. The nurse's report sounds like you have signs of reversible damage to the front part of your heart muscle, from not enough oxygenated blood nourishing it. Your doctor can share his/her interpretations of these results, & make suggestions based on your whole evaluation. ...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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False positive stress test reason?

False positive stress test reason?

Body habitus: Most common cause of false positive stress test is body habitus. This commonly affects women because the heart rhythm needs to be picked up through their breast tissue. ...Read more

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Recent stress test shows mild ischemia anterobasally and distal apical laterally. What does it mean exactly?

Recent stress test shows mild ischemia anterobasally and distal apical laterally. What does it mean exactly?

Arterial blockage.: Ischemia in areas of the heart, as you have related, infers that the arteries that feed these parts of the heart are narrowed such that blood flow through them reduces with exertion. It means these areas of the heart are vulnerable and further testing is needed and intervention may be necessary. ...Read more

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I had a stress test yesterday. The final impression is ' stress mildly positive for ischemia at adequate workload " pl explain?

I had a stress test yesterday. The final impression is ' stress mildly positive for ischemia at adequate workload " pl explain?

Positive: This means that they did see signs of ekg changes when you reached a certain level of exertion. This would warrant further evaluation with imaging stress test or angiography-depending on cardiologist's choice. ...Read more

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Very mild reversible ischemia my stress test shows there is very mild ischemia in the anterior wall in the LAD territory. What is that mean?

Very mild reversible ischemia my stress test shows there is very mild ischemia in the anterior wall in the LAD territory. What is that mean?

Reduced blood supply: Ischemia means reduced blood supply to a part or muscle. The LAD refers to one wall of the heart. This means you should follow up with your doctor or a cardiologist. You are at risk for heart disease, but it doesn't tell you how great is the risk. ...Read more

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Very mild reversible ischemia my stress test shows there is very mild ischemia in the anterior wall in the LAD territory. What does that mean?

Blood flow: Reversible ischemia means that an area of your heart muscle is not getting adequate blood flow (at times) but then the blood flow "catches up" (i.e. Reversible). The LAD is the left anterior descending coronary artery — it's an important blood vessel. The LAD may have a blockage — would recommend seeing your cardiologist. ...Read more

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I have abnormal treadmill stress test, what does this mean?

Stress test: Abnormal stress test suggests that the heart muscle may be getting insufficient blood flow during exercise. This finding needs to be further investigated and if necessary treated. ...Read more

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What is a "fixed photopenia in the anteroseptal segment of the left ventricle" mean? I had a nuclear stress test done.

What is a "fixed photopenia in the anteroseptal segment of the left ventricle" mean? I had a nuclear stress test done.

Not enough info: There's not enough information to comment. It can be a breast artifact. If there's no wall motion abnormality, it's very likely an artifact. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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