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

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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Normal stress but abnormal myocardial moderate inferior partial reversible perfusion. What means. How stress test normal and rest abnormal.

Normal stress but abnormal myocardial moderate inferior partial reversible perfusion. What means. How stress test normal and rest abnormal.

Abnormal stress test: A "myocardial perfusion defect with reversibility" indicates that there is something reducing the blood supply to the heart muscle (eg, atherosclerosis causing a blockage in the coronary.) The exercise EKG (stress test) can appear normal even if myocardial persuion is not. Additional testing, such as a catheter angiogram, may be needed. ...Read more

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Does poor r wave progressive and nonspecific st&t adnormal waves mean you had a heart attack. The findings were from a nuclear stress test.

Does poor r wave progressive and nonspecific st&t adnormal waves mean you had a heart attack. The findings were from a nuclear stress test.

Poor R wave: Poor r wave progression could be seen in old anterior myocardial infarction (old heart attack), in lead misplacement of precordial leads by inexperienced ekg technician, also can be seen pulmonary diseases, WPW syndrome, and dextrocardia. Dextrocardia is very rare. Wpw will be seen in much young age. If you have old heart attack you should see it in nuclear stress test. ...Read more

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Has an enlarged heart, stress test abnormal Dr said wasn't enough info b/c I wasn't on treadmill long enough, HR increased to goal too quick. Means?

Has an enlarged heart, stress test abnormal Dr said wasn't enough info b/c I wasn't on treadmill long enough, HR increased to goal too quick. Means?

Could mean...: "Cardiomegaly" and a heart rate rising too quickly with exercise could mean that you have a dilated cardiomyopathy, a process whereby the heart muscle has weakened and then enlarged. Such cases will exhibit rapid rises in heart rate with minimal activity. Best thing is to get it checked out with an echocardiogram, an ultrasound study of the heart that confirms or refutes heart enlargement ...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?

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 heart arteries. ...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?

Doesn't 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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Does " no significant ischemia" mean their 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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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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Abnormal treadmill stress test, what to do?

Abnormal treadmill stress test, what to do?

Abnormal stress test: If you have an abnormal test, you need to discuss it with your doctor and ask the meaning of the test and what additional steps if any need to be taken. Do you need a diet, exercise, medications etc. When you have a test the dr. Who ordered it is responsible to follow up with you or help you get follow up. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal treadmill stress test?

Possible reasons for abnormal treadmill stress test?

Depends: Depends upon the abnormality and the person being tested. 10% or more treadmills with be "abnormal" but nothing being wrong with the person. This may be due to resting ECG properties, a person's habitus or other history (blood pressure). Of course the reason we are concerned is that in the higher risk person, an abnormal stress test may indicate blockages in the coronary arteries. ...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 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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Dr. Scott Keith
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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