You need to have a cardiac stress test done? If so, don’t worry! They are not that bad at all. You’ll be in and out before you know it, and perhaps the only unpleasant part is the actual exercise.
But the brief exercise is an important part of the test because your heart needs to be stressed. How healthy your heart is will only be determined if it is stressed so they can see how it is actually functioning. A quick overview of specific and general cardiac stress tests will be discussed in this article.
There’s a lot going on with the nuclear stress test, but these tests are valuable and can reveal much about the health of the patient’s heart. If your heart is healthy, it can take much more radioactive material that it actually has been given. High amounts of blood coursing through your heart is absorbed through its walls as it continually pumps blood through your body.
Less radioactivity will be seen through testing if you do have clogged arteries. This is because less radioactive material can be seen during the tests. This is but one of the simple, but effective, methodologies behind nuclear stress tests that are given today. Blood flow that is not normal will be seen in the images, especially if the blockages are quite severe.
Anyone that gets an echocardiogram is getting an image of their heart with sound waves. Different methods are used for measuring heart activity. A treadmill would be an example of this. Many people have had an EKG. That is where electrodes are placed on your chest to get a similar reading.
The EKG is actually produced by the electrical activity of the heart which is recorded. Combined with an echocardiogram, the doctor can use this information to your benefit. The heart rate of the patient can then be registered using sound waves, using the elevated heart rate due to exercising on the treadmill. The images are much like videos, and it takes a very trained doctor to interpret them.
Unless you’re showing serious and strong symptoms of cardiovascular disease, you may want to get a second opinion. This is something people want to do because they are not sure of the one diagnosis. Being 100% accurate is important, especially when it comes to tests that could be about your life. A second opinion is something that most doctors and cardiologists will recommend just to be sure of your diagnosis. On the other hand, you have to consider that doctors are afraid of being sued. Unfortunately, doctors try to agree with one another. Taking the conservative position is the path of least resistance in most cases. Still, if possible and you have the means to do it, a second stress test or other imaging diagnostic test may produce different results.
Stress tests are great for finding information about your heart, as well as your overall cardiovascular system to make sure you’re healthy. On the other hand, if you feel the need to get another opinion that’s fine. You may have to take another stress test, but that’s no problem and it may be worth it.