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Cardiology Stress Testing

The primary goal of cardiology stress testing is to understand how well the heart handles its workload. The test is performed by walking in a controlled environment, which is why it’s often referred to as the treadmill test. As the intensity of the test goes up, the heart has to pump an increased amount of blood throughout the body. By using sophisticated equipment, this test can reveal issues like a lack of blood supply going through the arteries and to the heart. Cardiology stress testing is also useful for assessing the optimal level of physical activity for an individual.


5 Reasons to Consider Cardiology Stress Testing


There are a number of reasons why a stress test may be the right option for you. The first is if you have an irregular heartbeat. The second is if you’ve been experiencing issues related to your heart like difficulty breathing or chest pain. Third, cardiology stress testing can provide guidance in regards to your target intensity level if you’re planning to start an exercise or cardiac rehabilitation program.


Another use of this test is to see how much progress you’ve made after receiving successful treatments for heart disease. Finally, this test can be used in conjunction with others to detect conditions like narrowed arteries.


Preparing for a Treadmill Test


Prior to your test, you’ll want to let us know about all the medication you’re currently taking. That includes vitamins, herbs and over-the-counter pills. We’ll let you know whether or not you should take those meds before the test. You’ll want to refrain from smoking, eating or drinking anything other than water for 2 to 4 hours prior to the test. In terms of what to wear, comfortable clothing and athletic shoes that you normally wear for walking are ideal.


What to Expect During the Test


Although it’s completely normal to feel a little anxious, you don’t have to worry about any invasiveness during cardiology stress testing. When you arrive, we’ll get you set up on the treadmill and with the monitoring equipment. You will start the test by walking slowly in place on the treadmill. The treadmill will move upwards to create a mild incline, and then the treadmill’s speed will increase. As you walk faster, we will have you breathe into a tube for a few minutes.


While the purpose of this test is to put your heart to work, you don’t have to worry about being pushed too far. If at any point you experience notable discomfort, the test can be stopped right away. By going through this test, an electrocardiography machine will record your heartbeat and heart waves. Your heart rate, breathing and blood pressure will also be monitored, as well as how you feel throughout the test and after it’s over.


If you have any questions about this test, please contact us online or by calling 817-857-6561817-857-6561 FREE. You can also use the online form below to schedule a time for your cardiology stress test: