Cardiac stress tests are nothing to get anxious about and they don’t take all that long either. The exercise involved is the only hard part. To be done before you know it in most cases.
Your heart needs to be stressed which is why you have to exercise. The most important part of the test. You will get a much more accurate observation of the heart once it is stressed. So in this article we’ll talk about some specific and general topics for the cardiac stress test.
A stress test does not necessarily mean your heart has a problem. A pipe that is partially clogged up that is feeding a pump – think of that. It may make a lot of strange noises, and, at the very least, it won’t be working very well. The same thing applies to your cardiovascular system, and that’s why your doctor may order a stress test. Clogged veins and arteries are very common in the United States, something due to our diet and lifestyle. Most of the time, physicians are not going to have you do a test for no reason at all. Sometimes your annual checkup or physical may include a stress test done on a treadmill. This is non-invasive and it’s not like a nuclear stress test where dye is injected.
The echocardiogram gets the name because of the use of sound waves to produce an image of the heart. There are many methods, including running on a treadmill, that are used in conjunction with this test. Not too long ago, electrodes were placed on the chest to get similar readings. This was called an EKG.
Then the electrical activity of the heart can be transformed on the recorder and that’s the EKG. Combined with an echocardiogram, the doctor can use this information to your benefit. Since the patient is running on the treadmill, their heart rate will be up. It is the elevated heart rate which provides the images that you get. Since the images are like videos, a trained doctor needs to interpret the data.
It is essential that you have a word with your doctor about the different types of stress tests if he recommends you undergo one. There are certainly distinctions like whether you get an EKG or an image. On the other hand, you don’t want to limit yourself to the clear distinctions. Ask why there is a preference for one or the other, and this really should come from the cardiologist. It’s usually the cardiologist, or specialist, who makes the call. The nuclear tests are more expensive than the simple treadmill stress test. It takes about a week for the disintegration of the radioisotopes in your system to occur. Therefore, if you aren’t overly fond of the idea of radioactive substances being introduced into your body, then you should consider the EKG/treadmill test.
The variations in stress tests are due to the type of information the doctor gets from any particular test. Imaging tests are generally for patients where the potential is more serious. The treadmill stress test that is easy to administer and only uses an EKG usually means that things aren’t quite as serious.