Stress tests are tests performed at the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center in Manhattan and supervised by a doctor to evaluate the cardiovascular system during a period of exercise and increased demand. Stress tests measures exercise capacity and identifies abnormal responses to exercise. There are several different types of stress tests that are performed depending on the individual’s age, history, symptoms, and risk factors.
Stress tests are performed in individuals with chest discomfort, heart palpitations, indigestion, shortness of breath, a history of smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol, or an abnormal level of blood lipids, and those with light-headedness or dizziness.
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* Doctor’s Note – Patient Preparation For Stress Tests: Please wear (or bring) comfortable clothing and sneakers or walking shoes to the New York Cardiac Diagnostic Center as you will be walking on the treadmill. Do not drink or eat foods containing caffeine for 12 hours before the test. Caffeine will interfere with the results of your test. The preparation and test takes about 45 minutes.
Exercise Treadmill Stress Test: This stress test involves walking on a treadmill at increasing speed and elevation while your blood pressure, heart rate, and electrical activity of your heart are monitored for any changes. Most patients will walk an average of six to twelve minutes.
Exercise Echocardiography Stress Test / Stress Echo: This stress test includes exercise treadmill testing with the addition of ultrasound imaging of the heart at rest and immediately post-exercise. At first, a complete echocardiogram of your heart is done in the resting state.
Once your peak exercise is obtained and your target heart rate achieved, images of your heart will again be taken with the ultrasound.
Nuclear Exercise Stress Testing: This stress test, our most comprehensive test, also known as exercise myocardial perfusion imaging includes exercise treadmill testing and determines the degree and location of compromised blood flow to the heart as well as pumping function and existence of scarred heart tissue and results in important diagnostic and prognostic information. Healthy heart muscle, receiving normal blood flow, will accumulate more imaging agent than cardiac muscle supplied by diseased coronary arteries. The nuclear exercise test is used to determine the need for further angiographic procedures, to avoid unwarranted hospital admissions or discharges, and to assess for long term prognosis.
Dipyridamole Stress Testing / Nuclear Pharmaceutical Stress Testing / Pharmacologic Stress Testing : This is a “stress” test for individuals who cannot walk adequately to undergo a treadmill test. It is a type of nuclear stress test or myocardial perfusion imaging with a medication that is given intravenously instead of walking or in conjunction with limited walking on the treadmill.
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