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What does a non-stress test consist of?

What does a non-stress test consist of?

Imaging: Heart Imaging tests (nuclear, ultrasound & MRI) are a non-invasive way of evaluating heart function performed in conjunction with physical activity (treadmill or bicycle) or using non physical means (using intravenous medication eg. dobutamine, lexiscan, adenosine or dipyridamole). All the above provide indirect information on blood flow, presence of scars and the strength of heart contractions ...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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How will I know what does a stress test consist of and what sre the risks of having the test?

How will I know what does a stress test consist of and what sre the risks of having the test?

Depends: Depends on the type of stress test you are having. There are exercise ecg's where you exercise on treadmill and you heart rate is constantly monitored, then tere are exercise nuclear and exercise echocardiograms where you exercise and pictures of your heart are taken before and after exercise, then there ate pharmacological test which pharmacological agents r used to simulate exercise. ...Read more

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What does a nerve conduction study test consist of and what does it mean?

What does a nerve conduction study test consist of and what does it mean?

See below: There is plenty of information about EMG/NCS studies on the Web. Start with http://www.medicinenet.com/electromyogram/article.htm. ...Read more

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What kind of conditions does a hemoglobin test detect?

What kind of conditions does a hemoglobin test detect?

Anemia: A hemoglobin test measures if you are anemic or not, i.e. If you have enough red blood cells in your circulatory system. Anemic people have low hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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What does some protein on a routine urine test of a child mean?

What does some protein on a routine urine test of a child mean?

Hope is orthostatic: Orthostatic proteinuria is most common cause of urinary protein in a child. Thus child spills protein when they are up & about, not when recumbent. It's benign. Can be checked by having child urinate 2 hours after bed, then checking first A.M. Urine. Active proteinuria round the clock might be indicative of kidney disease, such as glomerulonephritis, and should be checked by pediatric nephrologist. ...Read more

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What type of diseases does a negative brain MRI detect? Does it eliminate a lot of neurological disorders?

What type of diseases does a negative brain MRI detect? Does it eliminate a lot of neurological disorders?

A negative: MRI is normal and therefore detects no diseases. MRI is capable of detecting numerous structural, neoplastic, inflammatory, vascular, traumatic, and demyelinating disorders. A negative mri rules out many types of these disorders, but not all. ...Read more

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What kind of test to check for herpes? And how accurate it is? What are the consequences of a positive herpes?

What kind of test to check  for herpes? And how accurate it is? What are the consequences of a positive herpes?

Two test types: There's an antibody test for herpes (hsv-2 igg), but it only tells you whether you have herpes in your body; it doesn't tell you whether a skin or genital lesion is due to herpes. For that you need a viral culture or pcr from a fresh lesion. We generally treat based on symptoms, not based on antibody status, so the antibody test is not widely used. ...Read more

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I know stress causes a late period, but does that include physical stress on the body?

I know stress causes a late period, but does that include physical stress on the body?

Yes it does.: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Doctors! what actually is the purpose of a treadmill stress test?

Doctors! what actually is the purpose of a treadmill stress test?

Treadmill test: This test evaluates the physiologic response to exercise. It gives an indication of aerobic capacity, heart function and heart muscle perfusion. It also demonstrates heart rhythm at exercise and rest as well as some indication of lung function. ...Read more

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What does a stress test rule out?

What does a stress test rule out?

Nothing: A stress test which is negative lessens the probabilities that organic heart disease is responsible for symptoms, but there are patients who have occurred heart attacks shortly after negative stress tests. You cannot rule anything out with this. ...Read more

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What happens during a stress test for the heart?

What happens during a stress test for the heart?

Depends: It depends on which type of stress test is done. If you are able, you will probably walk on a treadmill. If not, a medication will be injected into your vein. The doctor will examine your ekg and some pictures of your heart obtained by injecting slightly radioactive material into your vein. Sometimes, an echocardiogram is done instead of the injection. ...Read more

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What does a Q wave on a stress test represent?

What does a Q wave on a stress test represent?

Heart Damage: A "q wave" is seen on an electrocardiogram (ekg) several of which are recorded during a stress test. Q waves may be very small and not carry much significance or may be larger and suggest that heart damage by a heart attack has occured at some point in time. Further testing and imaging of the heart may be required to determine if the q wave is significant. ...Read more

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What is a pulmonary stress test and what would it indicate?

Complex study: A pulm stress test or cpx is a very thorough study were the performance of the lung (function) is being measure while at work (exercise). But also ther cardiac function & its interaction with the resp system are measure in a very exact way. Full pulmonary function parameters are measure & a total oxygen capacity seen at its perfect application. Done in athletes & patients as well. Very exact stud. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a test of X-ray of small bowel?

What does it mean when a test of X-ray of small bowel?

Looking at intestine: A small bowel xray is one way that doctors can check to see it looks the way it should and can help decide if it working the way it should. Usually you are given something to drink (a thick substance called barium) that makes your intestines show up on the xray. Depending on how your intestine looks on the xray, it can help doctors find the problem. ...Read more

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What does a breast reduction consist of & what are the costs? Can anyone get one?

What does a breast reduction consist of & what are the costs? Can anyone get one?

Yes: Almost anyone can have a breast reduction. Most patients have symptoms of back, neck, and shoulder pain. Many of the procedures are covered through insurance. If not approved by insurance the cost is between $6, 000 and $7, 000. ...Read more

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What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

What is the cost of a nuclear stress test?

Stress Test: The cost would depend upon where its being done, hospital or a physicians office.Usually its much lower in a physicians office. ...Read more

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What is a treadmill stress test used for?

What is a treadmill stress test used for?

Ischemia: Exercise ECG stress testing is a first line diagnostic test used to detect ischemia (significant coronary blockages) & is sometimes combined with echo or nuclear imaging. ...Read more

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What happens during a stress test and what exactly is the doctor looking for?

What happens during a stress test and what exactly is the doctor looking for?

See below: During any type of stress test, the heart rate is increased to a minimum level by exercise or medication. The goal is to see if there are any ekg changes indicating possible blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries that may result in a heart attack in the future. Afterwards, images are taken of the heart motion to see if there is any past damage resulting in wall motion abnormalities. ...Read more

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What consists of a full knee examination? What are the positive test? If it clickson the mcmurray test does that mean a tear?

What consists of a full knee examination? What are the positive test? If it clickson the mcmurray test does that mean a tear?

Touching!: A full knee exam c/o inspection for alignment, swelling. Also evaluating rom, palpation for pain and instability. Usual also standing x-rays & sometimes mri. A mcmurray test may indicate a torn meniscus. Lots of info obtained with a good hands on examination. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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