If you are above the age of 40, your doctor may suggest you have a cardiac stress test. Even if no symptoms are identified it’s still an excellent way to detect any problems early, making it a preventive measure. It’s critical to catch problems as quickly as possible because that’s when you have a better chance of a successful treatment and more options available. The worse the condition, the more serious and undesirable the solution. You need to work closely with your medical professional and if you haven’t yet been subjected to a stress test, you could make the recommendation yourself.
Your doctor will have to choose between the various stress tests, as explained in other articles. You’ll find some stress tests are not as complex as others and a good example that is used quite frequently is the treadmill stress test. A stress test that is somewhat more complex is the nuclear stress test. It just means that radioactive energy is used by administering radioactive tracers, which then “light” up your blood. If you’ll be taking the treadmill stress test, all it involves is walking on a treadmill as if you were exercising. The idea is to place stress on your cardiovascular system and increase your heart rate. You’ll be connected to an electrocardiogram (EKG) and there will be a medical professional present to ensure nothing goes wrong. During a stress test, your heart has to be under a lot of stress for it to work.
If nothing is stressed, then the EKG will not produce the results that can actually help you if something is amiss. Anytime you hear the phrase “loading it down” associated with the heart, causing it to work harder than ever. Putting your heart under a load can be done by walking fast or running for not too long at all. If your heart is loaded down, abnormalities will show up very easily during such a test. Situations like this happen all the time, but not for every person. It’s hard to tell if you don’t have a symptoms and you feel fine everyday.
A working image of the heart is often needed by doctors. Isotopes, which are radioactive chemicals, are given for this purpose. The chemicals are injected into the bloodstream, then the doctors use imaging equipment. The doctors can image your heart because of the energy emitted by the radioactive solution in your bloodstream. The flow of blood in and out of your heart is made possible because of the radioactive material illuminating everything. They will also be able to see any restrictions or blockages that are occurring. How the heart is pumping your blood will be very clear to them. They can actually measure the efficiency level of your heart, the pump in your body which keeps you alive.
You need to take care of yourself. If you do, you may never need a stress test ever in your life. Avoiding things like angina is possible if you keep severe stress out of your life as much as possible. This might happen, but it may not be a serious problem at all. You may not have the condition at all. Your body may just be reacting to outside stimuli (such as stress) causing these conditions to manifest for a short time.