What is Stress Test?
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps physicians find out how well the heart handles stress. As the body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen and the heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
ECG treadmill testing as the first choice for patients with medium risk of coronary heart disease based on the risk factors of smoking, family history of coronary stenosis, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Why the Test is Performed :
- To assess symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or palpitations, to determine whether they are coming from the heart.
- Learn how your heart medications are working.
- Identify abnormal heart rhythms.
What Is An ECO Test?
The test is also called echocardiography or diagnostic cardiac ultrasound. Quick facts. An echo uses sound waves to create pictures of your heart’s chambers, valves, walls and the blood vessels (aorta, arteries & veins) attached to your heart. A probe called a transducer is passed over your chest.
What Is A Treadmill Stress Test?
Treadmill stress test: As long as you can walk and have a normal ECG, this is normally the first stress test performed. You walk on a treadmill while being monitored to see how far you walk and if you develop chest pain or changes in your ECG that suggest that your heart is not getting enough blood.
Can You Eat Or Drink Before A Stress Test?
Before your stress test: Do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat foods containing caffeine for 12 hours before the test. Caffeine will interfere with the results of your test.