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. Cardiac stress tests measure exercise capacity and identify 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.
What Is a Stress Test?
Heart stress tests are diagnostic tests that are used to evaluate the heart’s performance under physical conditions such as exercise to measure heart rate and blood pressure during exercise. Cardiac stress testing, including monitoring your electrocardiogram, is very useful in determining how well your heart can pump blood, measuring the amount of blood that circulates through your heart during physical activity, and whether you have any blockages that may put you at risk for a heart attack.
Who Needs Stress Testing?
A Stress test for heart evaluation may be conducted to assess symptoms that are commonly related to heart disease, to see how well a patient is recovering from a heart condition, or to supervise the progress of treatment. A cardiac stress test NYC can also be used to adjust current treatment for heart failure or to evaluate arrhythmias. They are also recommended for patients with heart disease prior to surgery or starting exercise programs. Your cardiologist may recommend a cardiovascular stress test in Manhattan for the following reasons:
- Evaluate how well your heart valves function
- Determine if your heart is receiving sufficient blood flow during increased loads
- Check if there are any abnormalities with your heartbeat
- Test for coronary heart disease and risk for heart attack
- Determine the root cause of breathing difficulties or chest pain
- Assess how well your ongoing treatment for heart disease is working
- Develop an exercise program that’s safe for you
Heart stress tests in Manhattan are also 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 dizziness.
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Types of Stress Tests
* 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. The preparation and test take about 45 minutes.
Exercise Treadmill Stress Test: This exercise 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 heart stress test in NYC 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 nuclear cardiac stress 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. During a nuclear exercise test, a healthy heart muscle, receiving normal blood flow, will accumulate more imaging agent than cardiac muscle supplied by diseased coronary arteries.
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 for heart or myocardial perfusion imaging with a medication that is given intravenously instead of walking or in conjunction with limited walking on the treadmill.
What Does a Stress Test Show?
Stress testing can determine how well your heart functions during physical exercise and evaluate the risk of heart attack, palpitation, triglyceride, chest pain, or shortness of breath. During a standard exercise stress test for heart evaluation, an electrocardiogram (EKG) is used to monitor the electrical activity of your heart. Imaging stress tests are used to measure the blood flow through your heart and evaluate the function of your heart valves and pumping function of your heart. Your cardiac doctor may use any of these tests to establish an accurate heart diagnosis.
How Long Does a Stress Test Take?
The length of stress testing depends on the type of stress tests you require. The actual exercise stress test normally takes about 10 to 15 minutes. But the total time needed to conduct the test may take around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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