When it comes to the health of your heart, you need to go through some screening measures several times throughout your life. By using stress testing techniques, cardiologist Brian Eades, MD, FACC, of CorCare TX, can tell how well your heart functions. Call his McKinney, Texas, office or schedule a heart stress test through the online booking feature. The stress test provides results quickly, so Dr. Eades determines any heart problems you may have right away.
Dr. Eades orders a stress test as a tool to evaluate your overall heart health. This screening measure helps him:
During your stress test, your technician places electrodes on your chest (you may need to shave off certain patches of hair beforehand). These electrodes are attached to an electrocardiogram monitor, known as an EKG, which tracks your heart’s activity.
When you’re ready, you start exercising either on a treadmill or stationary bike, while the EKG monitor continues tracking your heart beats. Your technician gradually increases the difficulty of the exercise equipment and asks you to continue until you can’t do it anymore.
Once you stress your heart to the max, you can cool down while the EKG tracks your heart rhythm.
About 12 hours before your test, you need to stop eating food or drinking anything with caffeine. You’re allowed to drink water for up to four hours before your test.
Dr. Eades lets you know beforehand if you need to stop taking any of your medications, including over-the-counter varieties. Because you’re exercising during a stress test, if you need an asthma inhaler, bring it with you.
The only other concern you should have is being comfortable. Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows you to move without feeling restricted.
You might get your results back the same day.
Usually, though, Dr. Eades prefers to spend time carefully going through your EKG from your stress test, as well as your previous medical history. Doing so allows him to provide a thorough diagnosis and custom treatment plan.
You should plan to schedule a follow-up about a week or two after your stress test, depending on Dr. Eades’ recommendation.