Of all the diagnostic tests to evaluate your heart, a stress test is the only one that reveals how well your heart works when you exercise. At New York Cardiovascular Medicine, Dima Teitelman, MD, performs several types of stress testing in the comfort of the office in Forest Hills, New York. On-site stress testing also allows you to learn the results and start customized treatment as quickly as possible. To schedule a stress test, call the office or use the online booking system today.
A stress test is a diagnostic procedure that evaluates how well your heart works when it’s “stressed” with physical activity. When you exercise, the activity forces your heart to work harder and pump more blood.
In addition to seeing how your heart responds to exercise, a stress test also allows the team at New York Cardiovascular Medicine to detect problems that don’t appear when you’re resting.
Your provider may recommend a stress test when you have symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
They frequently use a stress test to help diagnose conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart arrhythmias, and heart valve problems.
If you’re already under treatment for cardiovascular disease, you may need a stress test to evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment.
During an exercise stress test, you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike to place stress on your heart.
Before you begin the test, your provider places electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are attached to an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine that continuously records your heart’s electrical activity during the stress test.
The team also monitors your blood pressure, and you’re supervised by highly qualified medical staff so you have immediate care in the event you develop chest pain or other symptoms.
You start out slowly, then the team gradually increases the pace and intensity. Your exercise stress test continues until you reach the targeted heart rate or you need to stop because you develop symptoms such as chest pain.
Patients who can’t tolerate exercise have a different type of stress test. Your provider at New York Cardiovascular Medicine can perform the test by injecting a medication that boosts your heart rate.
You could also have a stress echocardiogram. During this procedure, you have an echocardiogram before your exercise or medicine-induced stress test. Then after you finish the stress test, you have another echocardiogram.
Echocardiograms use ultrasound to produce detailed images of your heart’s structure and blood flow. By comparing the before and after images, your provider can clearly see how your heart functions at rest compared to during exercise.
If you have any questions about stress tests or you need to schedule the procedure, call New York Cardiovascular Medicine or book an appointment online.