Many heart-related conditions affect how blood flows through your heart. The cardiac stress test is a noninvasive test that assesses blood flow during exercise. The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates specializes in noninvasive cardiac tests, and they perform the cardiac stress test at the office. To learn more about the cardiac stress test, call the South Orange, New Jersey, office today to request an appointment.
The cardiac stress test, also referred to as an exercise stress test, evaluates the actions of your heart during physical activity. When you’re engaging in exercise, your heart needs to pump faster and harder to keep up with your hard-working muscles.
By “stressing” your heart during the test, the team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates can see how your blood flows through your heart when it’s working hard.
The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates determines if you’re a good candidate for the cardiac stress test during a consultation.
You may need the test if the team has concerns about coronary artery disease, which can cause plaque to build upon the walls of your blood vessels, leading to the narrowing of your blood vessels. The test may also be recommended to assess for heart arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat.
The cardiac stress test is also used as a tool to assess the effectiveness of the treatment you’re receiving for your heart condition.
The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your cardiac stress test. You may be asked to refrain from eating and drinking prior to your test. You may also need to modify your medication schedule.
The team asks that you come to your cardiac stress test in comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates performs your cardiac stress test at the office. The entire procedure may take about an hour. Before your test begins, the team first asks questions about your health and your usual exercise routine, if any.
Then, a technician attaches electrodes to various places on your body, which are then attached to an electrocardiogram machine to monitor electrical activity in your heart during your exercise. You then begin to exercise, increasing exertion as needed, until your heart rate reaches a specific point or you begin to experience symptoms, such as chest pain or dizziness.
After you complete the exercise portion of your test, the team may have you lie or sit on an exam table so they can monitor you as your heart rate returns to normal. There’s no downtime following a cardiac stress test and you can resume your usual activities afterward.
To schedule an appointment with the cardiac specialists at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates, call today.