I manage high cholesterol with Simvastatin RX. At what point should I do a heart stress test to gauge heart health?

Symptoms? Some experts suggest:If no known heart disease&no symptoms to suggest angina(eg exertional chest pain/trouble breathing),then a risk factor like high cholesterol isn't enough to get a stress test.Reasoning:A(+)test likely would be a false(+),leading to unneeded invasive procedures & maybe complications.In other words, risks of stress test > benefits.Note, though:No one single rule applies to all.

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Am I at risk of heart attack or stroke if I have high cholesterol and anxiety and panic attack? Mormal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, threadmill stress test

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Had a perfect nuclear stress test. Can you still have a stroke even with a healthy heart?

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I had a stress test came out perfect healthy heart but I still get pvcs when relaxing, exercising and post exercise. Are these dangerous?

Not when infrequent. Low levels of pvcs have shown no increased risk of heart damage or dysfunction in otherwise healthy hearts, but a stress test is not a complete guarantee of heart health. Your specific situation may suggest a need for additional testing. Read more...

Thank you. My 24hr Holter showed 1700 pvcs. I was told my echocardiogram showed a healthy heart, & I passed a stress test (non-nuclear). Still worried?

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How much will stress affect heart health and cholesterol levels?

Both related to stre. There have been many studies showing a direct link between stress and heart disease. Cortisol levels, the stress hormone, are greatly increased during times of stress or lack of sleep. Studies on animals have shown a significant increase in coronary artery disease and strokes. Studies on human beings have shown the same trend. Stress can have a big impact on cholesterol levels as well. Read more...