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What is a stress echo?

What is a stress echo?

Ultrasound: This is an ultrasound examination that evaluates heart motion and heart valve motion during rest and exercise. It is one of several ways to evaluate the condition of the heart. ...Read more

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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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What is a stress test for heart?

What is a stress test for heart?

Angina. : A stress test should help in determining if chest pain is due to a blockage in an artery within the heart. ...Read more

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What is a nuclear stress test?

What is a nuclear stress test?

Nuclear stress test: The patient walks on a treadmill or other exercise device or has a medication injected to simulate exercise, when the exercise or medicine is in progress a radioactive agent is injected which goes into the heart and can be imaged to show the blood flow into the heart muscle. The information shows if enough blood gets into the heart muscle and other information. ...Read more

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What is a stress fracture?

What is a stress fracture?

Load beyond capacity: If weight bearing bones are loaded beyond what their capacity is to handle the force, the bone will break down and become injured and cause stress fracture. ...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 is a contraction stress test?

What is a contraction stress test?

Placental test: It tests how well the baby can handle labor. It tests how well the placenta is functioning. You are given some Pitocin (oxytocin) to cause some contractions. The baby's heart is monitored during the contractions to see if the heart tracing is good. ...Read more

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What is a thallium stress test procedure?

What is a thallium stress test procedure?

Checks heart functio: Thallium is a radioactive (minimally) isotope that is used to study the pumping capability of the heart, usually after heart attack or prior to surgery in someone with cardiac disease. Sometimes it's done simply to ensure proper cardiac capability in someone with risk factors or prior heart issues. It involves mild to increasing exercise to "stress" the heart and assess function under effort! ...Read more

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What is a ECG and an angiogram?

What is a ECG and an angiogram?

Quite different: An ekg records how the electrical impulse is transmitted through your heart's conduction system. An angiogram is looking at blood flow through the vessels supplying blood to our heart muscles. ...Read more

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What is a heart stress test used for?

What is a heart stress test used for?

Diagnosis: To diagnosis underlying coronary artery disease in one with suggestive symptoms or to evaluate the efficacy of medical therapy in one with known coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

What is a stress test for the heart and why is it important?

ForAdvancedDisease: Promoted for detecting artery disease, but misses most disease; arteries expand, not narrow. ~75%, or more, narrowing required before stress tests, all forms, begin to detect any abnormalities. Nuclear (more expensive ; radiation) promoted as more sensitive. For all I have seen, a well done ekg exercise stress more sensitive ; accurate. I quit doing stress tests 1995; for better protection options. ...Read more

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How risky is a stress echocardiogram cheers.....

How risky is a stress echocardiogram cheers.....

Stress echo: A stress echocardiogram is not risky to undergo. If you were, however, to experience ischemia or low blood flow to the heart, this would be the best place to know-under the supervision of a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is a treadmill stress test used for?

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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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My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

My cardiologist ordered a myocardial perfusion pet stress test with persantine, so what is it?

Stress test : This is a chemical stress test. You will be given a medication and then pet scan of your heart will be done to evaluate the blood flow in different parts of the heart. If there is any significant blockage, it will show up as a defect in the images. ...Read more

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What is a cardioangiogram?

What is a cardioangiogram?

Angio: I presume you are mistakenly referring to coronary angiogram. During this test we image the heart and coronary arteries. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

Severity: Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone. A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture. ...Read more

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What is a t-wave on an ECG?

What is a t-wave on an ECG?

ECG: the T wave follows the QRS and represents repolarization of the ventricles j ...Read more

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How precise is a nuclear cardiac stress test?

How precise is a nuclear cardiac stress test?

nuclear stress: All tests have sensitivity and specificity and each lab has its own data. In the best labs these values for this test are >85% sens/spec., there are many technical factors. We choose tests by the information needed and the best test o get us what we need to know. ...Read more

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What is a cardiac echo useful for?

What is a cardiac echo useful for?

Echo: An echo is designed to provide structural and functional data on how the heart contracts and performs as a pump. It also provides valuable information on valvular function, and assessment of pericardial disease. It is helpful in triaging damage after a heart attack. ...Read more

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How probable is a heart attack at 21, and how probable is that an EKG missed something?

How probable is a heart attack at 21, and how probable is that an EKG missed something?

Atherosclerosis: Low & low depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. ...Read more

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Echo (Definition)

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen ...Read more