Stress testing is a type of diagnostic used by your cardiologist to identify or evaluate existing heart conditions such as heart disease, valve dysfunction, and arrhythmia. There are several different types of stress testing used today; while the most common type of stress test is a treadmill or exercise stress test, chemical stress testing is recommended for patients who are unable to perform exercise stress testing for any reason. At Reddy Cardiac Wellness, we can perform cardiac stress testing in our Sugar Land office during new patient evaluation or as an ongoing component of your regular care.
Top Reasons You May Need a Stress Test
Stress testing is a versatile tool that may be used to identify or monitor several types of heart concerns. Both exercise and chemical stress testing allows your cardiologist to closely monitor changes in heart function directly related to the demand you place on your heart.
- Some heart arrhythmias are either triggered or exacerbated by physical activity. If other types of testing have not produced definitive evidence of an arrhythmia while you are resting, your cardiologist may recommend stress testing to determine whether your arrhythmia is activity-based.
- Chest pain can also be linked to physical activity, as the increased demand on your heart may cause a more noticeable effect. If you suffer from angina but don’t know the cause, or if pre-existing angina has recently become worse, a stress test can allow your cardiologist to determine whether the pain is related to coronary artery disease.
- Physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, especially for individuals at risk for or suffering from heart problems. However, physical activity must be tailored to your needs to prevent overtaxing the heart. Stress testing is often used to help your cardiologist develop a personalized exercise plan that will offer the greatest benefit without risking your health or comfort.
Tips to Prepare for Your Stress Test
Stress testing is a painless and noninvasive diagnostic that can provide valuable results to help your cardiologist tailor your heart care program to your needs. You can find out more about cardiac stress testing and cardiac imaging in Sugar Land at Reddy Cardiac Wellness when you call (281) 617-2203 to schedule an appointment.
- Wear comfortable clothes that facilitate motion and shoes that are appropriate for exercise.
- Follow your physician’s instructions regarding any medication you currently take, which you may be asked to stop taking before the test.
- Your physician will likely ask that you refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking several hours before the test; you may be asked to avoid caffeine and certain types of pain relievers or supplements for up to one full day before stress testing.