New York Medical and Vascular Care
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Stress Test Q & A
What is a stress test?
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?
How should I prepare for a stress test?
What happens during a stress test?
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?
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.