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What happens during a stress test and what exactly is the doctor looking for?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: See below
During any type of stress test, the heart rate is increased to a minimum level by exercise or medication.
The goal is to see if there are any ekg changes indicating possible blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries that may result in a heart attack in the future. Afterwards, images are taken of the heart motion to see if there is any past damage resulting in wall motion abnormalities.

In brief: See below
During any type of stress test, the heart rate is increased to a minimum level by exercise or medication.
The goal is to see if there are any ekg changes indicating possible blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries that may result in a heart attack in the future. Afterwards, images are taken of the heart motion to see if there is any past damage resulting in wall motion abnormalities.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: ForAdvancedDisease
Brief intense exercise for detecting artery disease; misses most disease; arteries expand, not narrow.
~75%, or more, narrowing before stress tests, all forms, begin to detect any abnormalities. Nuclear (more expensive & person radiated) promoted as more sensitive; for all I have seen, a well done ekg exercise stress more sensitive & accurate. I quit doing stress tests 1995; better client options.

In brief: ForAdvancedDisease
Brief intense exercise for detecting artery disease; misses most disease; arteries expand, not narrow.
~75%, or more, narrowing before stress tests, all forms, begin to detect any abnormalities. Nuclear (more expensive & person radiated) promoted as more sensitive; for all I have seen, a well done ekg exercise stress more sensitive & accurate. I quit doing stress tests 1995; better client options.
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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