If you are suffering from heart-related issues, or if your heart doctor
suspects that you have a
, he may recommend a stress test. Such a procedure evaluates how physical
stress, such as
walking, impacts your body. A stress test is a fast and convenient procedure.
It typically takes less than an hour from start to finish, and no invasive
measures are needed to assess your results.
Monitoring Your Vitals
To know how physical stress impacts your cardiovascular system, your heart
monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and other vitals in real time. Before your stress test begins,
your doctor must attach electrodes to your chest. Electrodes are similar
to stickers, but the wires attached to them can transmit information about
the electrical impulses your heart generates and other aspects of cardiac function.
Performing an Active Task
Once you are properly prepared for your stress test, you can begin your
assigned activity. The task you will be asked to do may depend in large
part on your current level of health. Individuals in relatively good health
may be told to run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle so that
their heart doctor can see how their heart responds to high-intensity
activity. Less demanding tasks may be more suitable if patients are already
in a weakened state of health.
Discussing Your Physical State
Though stress test equipment can garner much information about your health,
your heart doctor may also seek your input. As you bike or run, your doctor
might inquire about how you feel. Intense shortness of breath and chest
pain are key warning signs that a heart problem may be present. He might
also watch your behavior to see how your respiratory function responds
to physical stress as well as how long you can continue your assigned task.
Don’t wait for heart disease to disrupt your quality of life. Before
a stroke or heart attack strikes, get the help you need for your
cardiac health. Call Cardiac Solutions at (623) 208-5305 to speak with an associate about
our heart centers in Avondale, Sun City West, Peoria, and Glendale.