Stress Test Specialist

If you are considered at risk of heart problems, undergoing a stress test can help identify or rule out minor issues before they potentially escalate into more serious complications.

New York Medical and Vascular Care

Cardiologists, Vascular Doctors, Podiatrists, Gastroenterologists, Physical Therapists, Pediatricians, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Physicians Serving Patients in Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Flatlands & Midwood, Brooklyn, New York, Astoria Queens, New York, & Manhattan, New York

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At New York Medical Vascular Care, we serve patients of Astoria, Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn. Our highly trained medical team offers comprehensive, in-house stress tests to properly care for your heart. Schedule an appointment with New York Medical Vascular Care by phone or book online today to determine if a stress test is right for you.

Stress Test Q & A


What is a stress test?

A stress test, or exercise stress test, shows your provider how hard your heart works during exercise. The test can detect problems with the way blood flows within your heart.

The New York Medical Vascular Care team might recommend you undergo a stress test if you experience symptoms of a heart problem or are at risk of developing one.


Is a stress test right for me?

Your doctor might suggest you undergo a stress test if you experience irregular heart rhythms or coronary artery disease (CAD) symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain. Stress tests can also help your provider determine whether current heart disease treatments are working as they’re designed to.

How should I prepare for a stress test?

Follow your provider’s instructions before undergoing a New York Medical Vascular Care stress test. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the procedure. Your doctor might ask you to avoid eating, drinking, smoking, consuming caffeine, or taking certain medications for a time before the test. If you use an inhaler, bring it to your stress test.

What happens during a stress test?

Plan on each stress test takes about an hour, which includes prep time. Your provider asks questions about your medical and exercise history to determine the amount of physical activity that’s most appropriate.

Before exercise, they place a cuff on your arm to monitor blood pressure and electrode patches on your chest, arms, and legs. You might walk or jog on a treadmill or use a stationary bike.

If you can’t exercise, your provider can give you a medication that increases blood flow to your heart, mimicking exercise’s effects. The electrodes record your heart’s activity.

You begin to exercise slowly and increase the intensity of physical activity as the test progresses. Your doctor might ask you to stop exercising when your heart reaches a target heart rate, or you experience signs of a problem such as shortness of breath, very high blood pressure, fatigue, or dizziness.


What do my results mean?

Following the stress test, you will have a relaxation period before the New York Medical Vascular Care specialist removes the electrodes and blood pressure cuff. They will then discuss the test results with you, and if the results are normal, it is unlikely that you will need any further treatment.

However, if your provider suspects a problem, they may recommend additional heart function tests or treatments to lower your heart attack or stroke risk. Treatment might include taking medications, making lifestyle changes, or undergoing a surgical procedure.

Call the New York Medical Vascular Care office or schedule a consultation online today to find out if you need a stress test.

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