CardioSpecialists Group, Ltd.
About Your Stress Test

What Is a Stress Test?

A stress test is a diagnostic procedure that measures a patient's symptoms and signs of heart and vascular disease by placing the patient in an environment that tests the body under light exercise. A patient may have symptoms that do not appear during rest. The stress test unmasks conditions that appear during exercise.

The stress test typically involves a supervised period of light exercise performed on a standard treadmill. During the test, the patient's cardiovascular system is measured and recorded.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

In our clinic, the patient is brought to the exercise lab, where the heart rate and blood pressure are measured at rest. Adhesive electrodes are attached to various points of the patient's body: the chest, shoulders, and hips. These points are measured with an EKG, and recorded.

Various parts of the heart are measured: the bottom or inferior, the septum (partition), the anterior, the superior and outer left part of the heart, and the heart cavity.  Meanwhile, blood pressure is monitored and recorded.

There is an established protocol for the operation of the test, which typically involves 3-minute segments in which the patient passes through several stages, each with increasing difficulty.

Is It Safe?

In short, yes. The procedures are well-established, and a stress test is safe and comparable to the risk you would face during any mildly strenuous form of exercise, such as jogging or running up a flight of stairs. And, technicians are trained to heed warning signs that arise during the procedures.

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