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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Stress test: Your own doctor can explain why s/he feels you need this test, and what info needs to be gained. Generally it involves connecting you to ekg machine while you do gradually increasing physical activity on a treadmill -- while being monitored closely for any changes. ...Read more
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
Dad did well on a stress test. But how are vulnerable plaques checked for? I heard these dont show up on stress test. And i want to make sure no risk
No such thing: It's hard to hear, but the truth: there is never a way to say there is "no risk". If you are worried about heart disease, then focus on prevention to reduce the risk. Heart disease is preventable with a healthy diet and not smoking. Every day is a chance to make healthier choices. Avoid red and processed meats. Limit cheese and dairy products. Get regular aerobic exercise. Don't smoke. ...Read more
Having a nuclear stress test Tuesday. Dr told me not to take my metoprolol for 48 hrs prior. What will the test consist of, what to expect?
MIBI Scan: A nuclear stress test typically invovles the injeciton of a pharamacologic agent to increase the heart rate or drop the blood pressure followed with imaging of the heart. The reason you are asked to stop your metoprolol is that this medication prevents you heart rate from increasing and may mask the results of the stress test. ...Read more
Stress test&echo result norm.HR hit 198BPM.NoFam hist,Non-Smoker.Only risk fac is chol 220(LDL 165).Any need for further tests like nuclear ST?Age 28M
BestAvoidStressTests: they totally miss arterial disease. Why? Though disease typically begins in childhood, disease is in walls, artery lumens do not narrow & stress tests only detect complications of very advanced disease. Study image & http://goo.gl/aRhOU2. Best optimize Ds drivers: NMR lipoprofile (not cholesterol), HbA1c <5.0%, usual SBP < 120 mmHg. Have answered many related questions on HeathTap. Rec: Study them ...Read more
Take 50 mg flecanide, took 100:( stress test showed vent. Tach. Just below concern) for very frequent benign pvcs. Other meds not work. Risk too hi?
Need more eval: Ventricular tachycardia is not a benign arrhythmia. You need a thorough evaluation including coronary arteriography and cardiac mri. Flecainide is excellent for suppressing single, symptomatic pvcs but doesn't lower the risk (and may increase the risk) of sudden death in people with structural heart disease. The underlying cause should be sought and corrected. Ablation may well be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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