Article published by : Clinico Diagnostic Centre Pathology Lab on Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Category : General Health

Why A Stress Test Is Important?

What is a Stress Test?
Also known as exercise stress test, the stress test helps doctors inspect your heart’s working during physical activity. As exercise causes the heart to pump more vigorously and rapidly, the stress test helps identify issues related to blood flow in the heart.

The test generally comprises walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. The difficulty level is gradually increased and your breathing, heart rhythm & blood pressure are monitored.

Why is the Stress Test done?
A doctor generally advises the stress test if you have signs/symptoms of coronary artery disease or an abnormal heart rhythm, also called arrhythmia.

A stress test is used to:
Help in creating a treatment plan for heart issues
Diagnose the chronic nature of an existing heart condition
Monitor the effects of an ongoing heart treatment

A doctor may suggest a stress test to:
Diagnose coronary artery disease
Diagnose heart rhythm issues (arrhythmias)
Help guide treatment of heart problems
Inspect your heart prior to surgery

What are the types of Stress Tests?
There are three kinds of stress tests. This include:

Exercise stress test: The most common type of stress test that is usually conducted in the majority of the cases, the exercise stress test involves walking on a treadmill while an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine monitors your heart.
Nuclear stress test: This test is identical to the exercise stress test, with the only difference being that you will receive a dye through an intravenous line (IV) inserted in your arm. This will enable the medical professional to examine images of your heart with the help of a special camera.
Stress echocardiogram: Another type that is identical to the exercise stress test, with the distinction being a transducer held against your chest during the test. The transducer will facilitate the viewing of moving pictures of your heart.

Stress Test Preparation
Before a stress test, the doctor will enquire about your medical history and the amount & intensity of exercise you do on a regular basis.

This will help the doctor decide the extent and intensity of exercise that will be suitable for you during the test. Prior to the start of the test, the doctor or nurse will inspect your heart rate, breathing & strength of lungs.

The stress test is a vital tool for diagnosing heart-related problems and monitoring cardiovascular health. It plays a significant role globally in the diagnosis and treatment of heart issues.

If you have been advised by your doctor to undergo a stress test, then feel free to get in touch with us at Clinico!

Our team is committed towards a common goal of achieving total patient care and confidence by delivering excellent diagnostic reports and clinical services.

Call us 24x7 at 9504555555 for booking your appointment!


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