The Need for "Stress
Cardiac stress tests are carried out to detect narrowed or blocked arteries that may go unnoticed when testing under normal, resting conditions. An obstructed coronary artery causes less blood to be delivered to the heart muscle it supplies, inhibiting muscle movement and causing you to experience chest pain and other related symptoms of cardiac disease.
How it Works
Our skilled cardiac technicians guide you through the testing while we digitally record various sections of your heart using advanced imaging procedures.
Before the stress test can begin, a normal EKG is first carried out in resting
conditions to serve as a relative measure against which your stress tests can be evaluated.
Sticky patches are attached to your upper body to retrieve electrical signals from your heart and record the EKG while you engage in a physically strenuous exercise using a treadmill or stationary bike.
The walls of the left ventricle (LV) are brought into particular focus to detect any flaw in movement. An inability of your LV to function properly and pump powerfully (as expected) under times of stress indicates the presence of a blocked or narrowed passageway.
How to Prepare
- Eat light and steer clear of all caffeinated drinks, preferably 3-4 hours before you arrive at the testing facility, to avoid feeling nauseous during exercise.
- Dress comfortably in regular exercise clothes and running shoes that won’t hinder your movements on a treadmill.
- Consult with your physician or cardiologist to find out which medicines to skip during days leading up to the test as these may tamper with testing and lead to inaccurate results.
- Go over the consent form and other test documentation in detail before you sign off. Make sure all your questions are answered and you go in feeling confident and in control.
- We at Care For Heart specialize in providing patients with high-quality cardiac diagnostic testing services and compassionate care to help you live better. Call us today to learn more about our facility.