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Why Undergo Stress Testing?
Cardiac stress testing is used to measure your heart’s health while it works hard. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast. During this test, you will have to exercise so that the workload of your heart will be increased, which will then boost the flow of blood that goes to your heart. In cases where the patient cannot exercise, medications may be used to increase the flow of blood that goes to the heart.
Depending on your current condition as well as the kind of stress test that you will undergo, the response of your heart will be measured in different ways, including imaging tests and EKGs.
Stress Tests – Why are They Helpful?
Cardiac stress testing can help reveal issues that might not show up when your heart is in its resting state. Your doctor may recommend a stress test if you experience chest pain that usually comes and goes, swollen feet or ankles, difficulty breathing, nausea, tiredness, or an irregular heart rate. A stress test may help reveal:
- Changes in the ability of your heart to pump blood
- Partial arterial blocks feeding your heart
- Development of a congestive heart failure
- Heart rhythm issues which can only be noticed when the heart is beating much faster than usual.
How to Prepare for A Cardiac Stress Test
Prior to the test, your doctor will give you specific instructions. Below are a few basic ways to prepare for your stress test.
- Inform your doctor of the medications you are currently taking including herbal supplements and any over the counter drugs. Make sure you tell your physician if you are allergic to any medications.
- Explain any symptoms you experience during exercise. For instance a change in heart rhythm.
- Carefully follow the instructions given to you before the test, such as whether you should avoid eating or if you should stop taking any medications.
- Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the test.
Stress testing can be a vital tool for your doctor in helping to determine if you have any serious heart issues. If a doctor has recommended a stress test, it is important that you undergo this test as soon as possible to help avoid any issues that may become more serious if left untreated.