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41 female smokerwhy wouldn't my cardio dr do more than a regular stress test since it is not 100% accurate to rule out cad, even though test was fine?

41 female smokerwhy wouldn't my cardio dr do more than a regular stress test since it is not 100% accurate to rule out cad, even though test was fine?

Life is not 100%: Life is never exact. Nothing in life is 100% certain (except death and taxes, as the old saying goes). The amount of testing done depends on the disorder a doctor is looking for and depends on the patient's symptoms. There is no way to get to 100% certainty with "tests", so that is not a goal. It's all about risks, probabilities, and likelihoods. A smoker lowers her risks by become an ex-smoker. ...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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Just had a nuclear stress test done and they just saw v fib happen is that a normal reaction to the cardio lite they used for the images?

Just had a nuclear stress test done and they just saw v fib happen is that a normal reaction to the cardio lite they used for the images?

No.: No it's not normal but you may have the rhythm wrong. V fib is a life threatening arrhythmia often associated with ischemia (poor blood flow to the heart) and requires emergent treatment. ...Read more

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Should my mom get a stress test? History mi 10 yrs ago, stents, seems stable. Her pcp wants a test cause she hasn't seen a cardio in a few years. She's 54.

Should my mom get a stress test? History mi 10 yrs ago, stents, seems stable. Her pcp wants a test cause she hasn't seen a cardio in a few years. She's 54.

Yes.: Your mom had an mi (myocardial infarction) at a very unusual young age. I surprising and unusual if she wasn't followed at least annually by an internist/cardiologist. A stent doesn't stop progression of CAD or longevity. What will affect lifespan & prevent progression r lifestyle changes (maintain good diet & weight, bp, lipids, no smoking, exercise, stress reduction. Must see cardiologist. ...Read more

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Hello, Are heart flutters during very strenuous exercise dangerous? I've been checked out by a cardio but no stress test before. Thx

Hello, Are heart flutters during very strenuous exercise dangerous? I've been checked out by a cardio but no stress test before. Thx

Perhaps...: Feeling your heart beat fast during exercise is normal, but the term "flutters" would imply some abnormality. A stress echocardiogram will help clear up what's going on with your heart during exercise, and could be helpful if you're embarking on an intensive exercise program. ...Read more

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9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

9 months ago I began not felling well had some chest pains. I have had a stress test EKG and IMT test all came out great. Could it not be cardio relat?

Likely noncardiac: It is actually impossible to tell if you have heart disease are not based on the information that you provide because it is not clear to me what 'came out great' means but also, have not described the quality and nature of your chest discomfort. Furthermore, I cannot tell what risk profile you have, i.e., if you have high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension or anything else. A stress test that I ...Read more

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Just had stress test for chest pain came back with a flop then cardio doc said everything was border line normal what does that mean?

Just had stress test for chest pain came back with a flop then cardio doc said everything was border line normal what does that mean?

Borderline: It means that there were some features of the test results that were more concerning and some that were less concerning but not definitively either way. You need to go back to the cardiologist and have them explain everything so that you understand the results, what they mean for your health, and what the next steps are. ...Read more

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Had perantine cardio. Stress test 2 wks. Ago. Diagnosis-ischemia of apex. Had heart cath. Today. No blockages. What could be causing chestpain.?

Had perantine cardio. Stress test 2 wks. Ago. Diagnosis-ischemia of apex. Had heart cath. Today. No blockages. What could be causing chestpain.?

Chest pain: There are many possible causes of chest pain including small vessel disease which doesn't show up on angiogram but can cause perfusion image abnormalities. You should discuss your symptoms and data with the physicians who know you and get their impression of what the cause of your chest pain is. ...Read more

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Cardio ruled out heart disease, norm stress test&echo. I have minimal to no risks factors &no fam hist. Non-smoker. Male Age29.Is MI/HD rare for my age?

Cardio ruled out heart disease, norm stress test&echo. I have minimal to no risks factors &no fam hist. Non-smoker. Male Age29.Is MI/HD rare for my age?

Minimal risk factors: You are low risk for cardiovascular disease. Continue health habits of good diet, exercise, relaxation and count your blessings. ...Read more

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I'm 41yr female, no cardio risk factures, passed stress test, but echocardiogram showed mild sclerotic valve disease. Need insight.

I'm 41yr female, no cardio risk factures, passed stress test, but echocardiogram showed mild sclerotic valve disease. Need insight.

Echocardiogram: Mild sclerotic valve abnormalities read on echo suggest beginning degenerative changes in a/the valve (s). Sometimes we overread these findings and often they are not a big deal. It is worth discussing with your doctor to get his/her viewpoint on the report. Keeping your risk factors controlled is the best you can do if the abnormalities are true. ...Read more

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Had stress test, echo, ekg's all normal. Cardio doc not concerned, but still have palpitations, lately more frequent. Can they have missed something?

Had stress test, echo, ekg's all normal. Cardio doc not concerned, but still have palpitations, lately more frequent. Can they have missed something?

Consider non cardiac: Without knowing full details, the differential diagnosis for palpitations includes non- cardiac causes such as hyperthyroidism, dehydration, etc. Cardiac causes in addition to ischemia which is what appears to have been ruled out, includes primary arrhythmias, consider 24 hour holter if palpitations more frequent. ...Read more

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Hi! Can exercise cause heart flutters (PVCs)? I've had echo, EKGs, Holter, event, but no stress test. Cardio cleared me. What is this? Thx

Hi! Can exercise cause heart flutters (PVCs)? I've had echo, EKGs, Holter, event, but no stress test. Cardio cleared me. What is this? Thx

PVCs: PVCs can occur at any time. They do not necessarily occur due to exercise. They are more interesting when they occur very very frequently, especially after someone has had a heart attack. Your normal testing indicates you are in good shape!

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/premature-ventricular-contractions/basics/definition/con-20030205 ...Read more

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Have a lot of pvc's cardio cleared did stress test 2yrs ago normal, having ear surgery will this be safe with having them. Have bi, tri all day long.?

Have a lot of pvc's cardio cleared did stress test 2yrs ago normal, having ear surgery will this be safe with having them. Have bi, tri all day long.?

Yes, but: You'll probably be fine at your age for the surgery if pvcs are your only problem, but a cardiologist, preferably an electrophysiologist should see you. Increasing evidence indicates that people with bi and tri-geminy are at increased risk for complications and you should be followed by an expert. ...Read more

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Stress test, echo, 24-monitor all norm. Cardio Said heart is not cause. Should I move on even if I still have on and off pain in chest/arm months later? 29

Move on: Your heart has been ruled out "Theresa" but that doesn't mean there isn't another cause of the pain. See your primary care doctor and ask to have other avenues explored. The 2 most common non-cardiac causes of chest pain are GI problems and various forms of arthritis and rheumatism. The fact that you have a healthy heart doesn't negate your not feeling well, so investigate other possibilities. ...Read more

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I am age 28.Normal Stress Test, EKG, ECHO & holter monitor. No Fam hist/NON-smoker. Cardio said my heart is ok but I don't feel reassured. Nervous of MI.

I am age 28.Normal Stress Test, EKG, ECHO & holter monitor. No Fam hist/NON-smoker. Cardio said my heart is ok but I don't feel reassured. Nervous of MI.

?: Jacqueline8, your profile says you're male-it's relevant since the risk of MI is different in men and women. Nonetheless, the risk of MI in a premenopausal, non-diabetic, non-smoker is ...Read more

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What isnthe best test to do to check that you have heart disease or problems with heart. Normal 2decho, stress test, ecg. My cardio still want mvp 2decho?

What isnthe best test to do to check that you have heart disease or problems with heart. Normal 2decho, stress test, ecg. My cardio still want mvp 2decho?

? cardiac CT angio: If there were still a concern for cardiac origin, could consider a cardiac ct angiogram. This would look at cardiac structure, but more so to look at coronary anatomy, especially if congenital coronay anomaly were a consideration. ...Read more

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Normal cardio CT scan 256 slice and normal 3 stress test and 5 echo is this enough to call it normal heart?

Normal cardio CT scan 256 slice and normal 3 stress test and 5 echo is this enough to call it normal heart?

Highly likely: If high-quality scans were performed and interpreted accurately, the likelihood of having significant coronary artery disease is low, especially if one of the stress tests was nuclear myocardial perfusion.

However, a complete history and physical, appropriate laboratory workup and evaluation of risk factors is the basis for any decisions about risk.

Please ask the same question of your dr. ...Read more

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Should I do the nuclear stress test and echo or just go straight to heart cath? Shortness of breath with exertion not so much with cardio activity. Y?

Should I do the nuclear stress test and echo or just go straight to heart cath? Shortness of breath with exertion not so much with cardio activity. Y?

Depends: Without knowing your medical history and current risk factors, it would be difficult to recommend which test for you. The best advice is to follow your doctor's recommendation. ...Read more

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My BP is 104/65 and it has been staying like this for a few days and experiencing tightness in the center of the chest had ECG and stress test 2 mnt ago it was ok what's the cause cardio, GERD muscle?

My BP is 104/65 and it has been staying like this for a few days and experiencing tightness in the center of the chest had ECG and stress test 2 mnt ago it was ok what's the cause cardio, GERD muscle?

HIatal hernia?: If your problem is not cardiac, you should get checked out for a hiatal hernia. See your provider and check this out. You can also try some Tums, (calcium carbonate) mylanta or medications like ranitidine or omeprazole while you are waiting. ...Read more

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Had heart attack symptoms Sat pm. ER doc said get stress test. REALLY puffy eyes this am. Cardio said HE wants to do workup before the costly test. Why?

Had heart attack symptoms Sat pm. ER doc said get stress test. REALLY puffy eyes this am. Cardio said HE wants to do workup before the costly test. Why?

Heart Attack: If you heart attack symptoms and were seen by a cardiologist, the next step is most likely a stress test and a 2D Echo. I am not sure what other workup was mentioned to you. Please consult your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Upper back /neck feels achy. Recent cardio visit- heart is normal -echo and stress test. Muscular? Bad fitting bra? Shld I worry about lung/gallbladde

Upper back /neck feels achy. Recent cardio visit- heart is normal -echo and stress test. Muscular? Bad fitting bra? Shld I worry about lung/gallbladde

Imaging: Full medical history and exam indicated. Imaging performed? Do you have chest pain radiating to the back and therefore a cardiac workup was done? Any imaging of your spine, great vessels, mediastinum? I see MRI of brain so I assume your headaches and other symptoms led to MRI of brain to rule out Chiari, other CNS pathology. Stay focused and follow up with a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Had a stress test done dec 15th 10%false positive on it. At the hospital cardio doc said CT angiography now he says no. Can I get one without a docto. Referral because I have been left with the doubt?

Had a stress test done dec 15th 10%false positive on it. At the hospital cardio doc said CT angiography now he says no. Can I get one without a docto. Referral because I have been left with the doubt?

Shift to BetterFocus: Neither stress tests (all methods) or angiograms identify arterial disease until very advanced. High quality ct ca scoring can detect calcium in heart arteries by mid 30's. Yet known for >8 decades that artery disease typically begins later childhood. Thus focus on driving factors: (a) lipoproteins (not cholesterol; wrong issue), (b) blood glucose by hba1c <5.0% (c) systolic BP <120 mmhg. ...Read more

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Had a stress test done dec 15th 10%false positive on it. At the hospital cardio doc said CT angiogram needed now he says no. Can I get one without a doctor referral cuz I have been left with that doub?

Had a stress test done dec 15th 10%false positive on it. At the hospital cardio doc said CT angiogram needed now he says no. Can I get one without a doctor referral cuz I have been left with that doub?

Another opinion: I would recommend that you go back to that doctor and express your concerns or get a second opinion. You would need a doctor order for that test but you may not need it so have someone explain it all to you first. ...Read more

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H/o concave chest, heart murmur. Resting hr 120-150 chest pain x1wk. X-ray cardiac profile d dimer EKG & stress test normal. Should I see cardio spec?

H/o concave chest, heart murmur. Resting hr 120-150 chest pain x1wk. X-ray cardiac profile d dimer EKG & stress test normal. Should I see cardio spec?

Yes: You should see a cardiologist. That is a high resting heart rate. There are some congenital abnormalities associated with concave chest. An echocardiogram may be ordered to investigate this. ...Read more

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Trouble breathing, rapid heart rate, EKG revealed flattened t waves. Doc ordered echo consulted cardio who added nuclear stress test. Is this serious?

SOB: The description doesn't provide enough specific information to know the problem. There may be heart abnormalities suggested by symptoms and tests which require further investigation. You should ask the doctors with the information specific to you. ...Read more

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How is a stress test done?

How is a stress test done?

Stress Test: Check this great article from mayo clinic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/stress-test/my00977/. ...Read more

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How to read stress test report?

Takes a long time to: Learn how to do this. I will refer you to a website on it if you are interested, but I would really recommend that you contact your cardiologist about what is means for you.
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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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Is it possible to fail a stress test?

Is it possible to fail a stress test?

Target heart rate...: If you are having an exercise stress test, there is a target heart rate which needs to be reached. This target heart rate is 85% of your maximum predicted heart rate. Maximum predicted heart rate is given by equation (220 - age). If you do not reach target heart rate, the exercise test may need to be converted to a pharmacologic stress test. Therefore you have "failed" to exercise adequately. ...Read more

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How often can you need a stress test?

Only when needed: Stress test is not a screening test, its only done when recommended by a physician and is only recommended when there is something positive in cardiac history. Once its done and is negative it does not need to be repeated unless there is an onset of a new symptom. ...Read more

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What's a stress test and what's it for?

What's a stress test and what's it for?

Heart test: A stress test is also known as an "exercise stress test" and it involves you running on a treadmill until we "stress" your heart to it's predicted maximal heart rate (220 minus your age).If you have heart disease we often see changes in the continuous ECG done during the run. ...Read more

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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

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Can you advise for results on stress test?

Can you advise for results on stress test?

Question is too: Vague. It is always best to be informed of results by the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

What diagnoses can come from a stress test?

Cardiac: I'm assuming you're referring to a cardiac stress test that is used to diagnose heart conditions and physical stamina. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a stress test?

Stress test: A stress test for screening purposes usually has no associated pain. Treadmill stress testing can lead to tired legs and shortness of breath. If the stress test has changes suggestive of a blocked artery, and the patient has chest pain or pressure, the tst is stopped and is sent for immediate catherization. Chest pain or pressure suggests heart disease. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of negative stress test?

No signs: If a stress test is negative, it means that there are no indications of coronary problems on the basis of the test. If the patient still experiences symptoms, other tests may be ordered, since a stress test is not fool proof. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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