Stress Test

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stress tests are tests performed to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about stress tests in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A stress test, also called an exercise stress test, gathers information about how your heart works during physical activity.

Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster than usual, an exercise stress test can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.

An exercise stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored.

Your doctor may recommend an exercise stress test to:

Diagnose coronary artery disease

Diagnose heart rhythm problems, or

Guide treatment of heart disorders. If youve already been diagnosed with a heart condition, an exercise stress test can help your doctor find out how well treatment is working. It may also be used to help establish the treatment plan for you by showing how much exercise your heart can handle.

In some people with heart failure, results from a stress test may help the doctor evaluate the need for heart transplantation or other advanced therapies.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.