Exercise Stress Tests and Stress Echocardiograms
A healthy heart is imperative for total body health and longevity. Identifying and diagnosing heart health conditions early is imperative to starting treatment for serious conditions soon as well as for preventing minor health issues from evolving over time into more serious issues. One of the diagnostic tests that your doctor may order is an echocardiogram stress test.
What Is a Stress Test?
An echo stress test is a type of medical test that is conducted to determine how healthy the heart is when the body is in a state of rest as well as when you are exercising. The heart stress test essentially includes exercise on a treadmill in combination with the heart being monitored through an echocardiogram. Echocardiograms give the staff at our Commack or Massapequa locations the ability to monitor heart rate and blood pressure throughout the test, and this includes giving them the ability to see how the heart reacts to rest and exercising in alternating intervals. In instances when the patient is not able to use the treadmill to create physical stress on the heart, a medication may be administered during the test to elevate the heart rate and to mimic the effect of exercise on the heart.
Do You Need a Stress Test or Stress Echocardiogram?
You may have been told by your doctor that you would benefit from an echocardiogram stress test. The test itself takes only a couple of hours to complete at our Commack or Massapequa location, and test results may be available to you soon afterward. However, the availability of equipment and trained personnel that are required for the test are limited. If you have been told that this type of test is recommended or would be beneficial to you, you may consider setting up your appointment today so that you can get the test results back from your exercise stress test as soon as possible.