Is an exercise stress test safe if I have coronary artery disease?

Yes. The risk of of a serious complication during stress testing is 1 in 10, 000. Patients with frequent and ongoing chest discomfort or aortic stenosis may not be candidates for stress testing as their risk is higher.

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Can only using stress test clarify existence of coronary artery disease (blokage due to high LDL, low HDL)?

Stress test is good. Stress test is designed to detect coronary artery disease. It is not a perfect test, but very good. If you have a normal test you are very unlikely to have any significant fixed blockage of any coronary artery. Blockage is not due to high LDL or low HDL - there are associations, but causality is another story. Read more...

Does a normal exercise stress test mean there are no blockages and no coronary diseases? What percentage of blockage does it detect?

No. A normal stress test does not mean that there are no blockages. This test is not perfect by any means, i.e. There are false negative results as well. The likelihood of a significant blockage is less when there is a normal stress test. Read more...

My mom has coronary artery disease I think. Says she gets chest pain when I stress her?

Needs to be checked. Hard to know what to make of what your mom says - she may be trying to manipulate you. If everyday stress is giving her angina, she has a severe problem and needs further treatment so, anyway you look at it, she needs to be evaluated! Read more...

Would going to a psychologist about stress relief help my coronary artery disease?

It Could. It would definitively be beneficial as long as you deal with the other issues such as blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, cigarette avoidance and exercise as well. Many factors come together to affect you and taking care of emotional stressors is part of the whole package. Read more...
It can. But preferably see a physician as stress relief can also be achieved with actually knowing whether you really have cad, its extent and severity, as well as risks including possible treatment options. Read more...
Maybe. Therapists can help you learn to reduce your stress levels. High stress levels cause the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to over produce cortisol & adrenaline, which can increase arterial plaque, bp, LDL cholesterol (bad type), and possibly glucose dysregulation. Stress may elevate homocysteine levels that can cause cell damage. Reducing stress, exercise & improving diet & sleep all help. Read more...
Yes. It can only help. Stress is associated with CAD but determining its exact impact is unknown (there isn't a stress titer blood test). Read more...

Positive stress test but normal coronary arteries? Please help explaining why and what is my next approach in treatment?

Good news. Based on your question, you had a false positive which is good news. Your coronary arteries are normal which means you don't need any more treatment. Read more...

Ct scan of coronary arteries done in ER says 70% block or artifact. Follow up nuclear stress test 100% normal cardiologists says. What to think now?

Follow Doctor Advice. Given that we do not have the data of the test or your full medical and physical exam, i would defer completely to the physician caring for you in person. Read more...
Heart... Cardiac ct is anatomic imaging. Nuclear stress is more functional imaging. Without seeing your ct it is hard to say but if there was a calcified plaque in the coronary, a blooming artifact is possible. If nuclear stress was normal, that's great. You may still have coronary disease which is not hemodynamically significant. You are young for significant heart disease. Discuss with your doctor. Read more...