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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. Shes 54.

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Christopher White
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Not without symptoms

Current guidelines suggest no need for routine stress tests in asymptomatic low risk patients.
If she can exercise without problems she doesn't automatically need a stress test.

In brief: Not without symptoms

Current guidelines suggest no need for routine stress tests in asymptomatic low risk patients.
If she can exercise without problems she doesn't automatically need a stress test.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Major RISK: YES!

Your mother must have multiple risk factors, with the exception of smoking (big), includes hypertension, dyspidemia, Insulin resistance, and perhaps a diabetic tendency toward type 2.
It is essential that these be controlled. If she smokes-she must stop, BP must be controlled, and cholesterol fixed.She optimally\ should be on asa or Plavix (clopidogrel) and other meds that protect against mi.See the cardio 1st!

In brief: Major RISK: YES!

Your mother must have multiple risk factors, with the exception of smoking (big), includes hypertension, dyspidemia, Insulin resistance, and perhaps a diabetic tendency toward type 2.
It is essential that these be controlled. If she smokes-she must stop, BP must be controlled, and cholesterol fixed.She optimally\ should be on asa or Plavix (clopidogrel) and other meds that protect against mi.See the cardio 1st!
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