Stress testing can reveal valuable information about your heart health and how your heart copes with physical exertion and hard work. At Prime Heart and Vascular, with three offices in Plano, Frisco, and Allen, Texas, Rishin Shah, MD is a vascular specialist and cardiologist providing stress tests to monitor one of your most important organs. Dr. Shah can help lower your risk of heart disease and work towards a healthier heart.
A stress test is sometimes called an exercise test or a treadmill test. This test helps Dr. Shah to examine how well your heart copes with hard work and physical exertion. As your body works harder during your stress test, it needs more oxygen, urging your heart to pump more blood.
The test reveals if your blood supply is reduced in the important arteries that service your heart.
During your stress test, you’re hooked up to special equipment, including a blood pressure armband and electrodes connected to your chest, that carefully monitor your blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and other factors of your heart with an electrocardiogram and imaging.
You walk slowly in place on a treadmill, the speed is increased, and the treadmill gets tilted to emulate the effect of traveling up a small hill. The goal is for you to reach your target heart rate. Dr. Shah asks you how tired you are during your test to monitor how you feel and he might also ask you to breathe into a tube for a couple of minutes.
You can stop the test at any time if needed. After your test, Dr. Shah usually asks you to sit or lie down to have your heart and blood pressure checked again. Medical professionals are always present during and shortly after your test for optimal safety.
While some pharmaceutical medicines can increase cardiac demand, exercise stress testing is the preferred method.
If you can’t walk on a treadmill long enough to reach your target heart rate for the test, due to musculoskeletal disorders, obesity, peripheral arterial disease, or other complications, pharmaceuticals may be used to increase cardiac demand.
Dr. Shah might recommend an exercise stress test to:
Dr. Shah might recommend further testing, depending on the results of your stress test.
If you have concerns about your heart health, visit compassionate provider Dr. Shah for quality testing and medical care.