A stress test helps your doctor determine how well your heart handles an increased workload. By measuring blood flow to the heart, the test can reveal if you are at risk for a heart attack. The test is performed in a controlled environment where heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure are monitored throughout the duration of the test.
You should consider having a stress test if you:
Stress tests can help:
A technician will first monitor your blood flow while at rest, and then again as you exercise on a treadmill. If you cannot exercise, your doctor may give you a medication that makes your heart respond as if you were exercising. Once the test is complete, your doctor will compare the two test results and discuss with you how the results relate to your health.
An exercise stress test is noninvasive and very safe. The test will be monitored by one or more medical professionals who will stop the test if:
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