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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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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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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 is a stress test for heart?

What is a stress test for heart?

They start with : Treadmills to push your exercise tolerance and aim at a target heart rate and your tolerance of the exercise. There are echo and nuclear medicine variations to look at functional and vascular aspects and determine the need for more invasive test or not. ...Read more

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What is stress test for heart used for?

What is stress test for heart 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 test is better to test for a heart prob...A stress test or holter monitor? I see my dr.On fri.And i want to ask for one of those 4 some answers?

What test is better to test for a heart prob...A stress test or holter monitor? I see my dr.On fri.And i want to ask for one of those 4 some answers?

Might need both: Depending on the type of problem you're having, you might need both kinds of test. The stress test will check how your heart performs with physical exertion; the holter checks for rhythm disturbances only. You could describe your symptoms to your doctor, let him/her examine you, and allow him/her to recommend how to start. Consultation with a cardiologist might be recommended also. ...Read more

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I'm having an MRI adenosine stress test for my heart. Should I be worried about the risks? How often do you see serious problems with this?

I'm having an MRI adenosine stress test for my heart. Should I be worried about the risks? How often do you see serious problems with this?

MRI stress test: as long as he will kidney function, lung function and ECG conduction are reasonable there should be very minimal worry of bad effects, adenosine can cause transient breathlessness, headache, abdominal distress typically self limiting for a few minutes. Check with the ordering physician if you should hold your diltiazem. Good luck ...Read more

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I've worn 2 holters-30 days, other 24hrs/had a stress test/echo/ekgs/sonogram of the heart/chest xrays/bloodwork, all normal.Whats best test for palps?

I've worn 2 holters-30 days, other 24hrs/had a stress test/echo/ekgs/sonogram of the heart/chest xrays/bloodwork, all normal.Whats best test for palps?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. It sounds like you've had a good workup and don't need to worry. ...Read more

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Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness.Found spots on heart during test.What does this mean.

Echo stress test for slow heart rate exercising Have had shotness of breathe and chest tightness.Found spots on heart during test.What does this mean.

Unfortunately: "Spots on heart" during echo stress test is not a sufficient description to be able to provide you with an answer. It sounds like you are being evaluated by a health care professional. You should address your concerns and questions to that individual. ...Read more

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How precise is a stress test when my heart rate didn't go very high?

How precise is a stress test when my heart rate didn't go very high?

Stress test: It depends on what the test was and how much work load you achieved. If you did a very high work load and still had a low heart rate, that's good. If only low load, low rate not much information. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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