If you’ve experienced chest pain, shortness of breath, or other signs of cardiovascular health problems, your doctor may recommend a stress test to collect more information about your heart and cardiovascular health. At Faith Medical Center, in Charlotte and Mooresville, North Carolina, the team of health care experts offers cardiology services including stress tests. Call Faith Medical Center or schedule your consultation online today.
A stress test is a type of electrocardiogram that measures and monitors the electrical activity in your heart while it’s under stress. During the test, you wear electrodes on your chest and back, which are hooked up to electrocardiogram equipment, as well as a blood pressure cuff.
You walk on a treadmill with gradually increasing intensity. As your body works harder, it requires more oxygen, and your heart has to pump harder to move blood through your body. The test shows the electrical activity in your heart as well as the blood flow through the blood vessels that lead into and out of your heart.
The team at Faith Medical Center gives you customized instructions on how to prepare for your stress test during a pre-evaluation consultation. Make sure the team knows about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you take, including vitamins and supplements.
In most cases, you avoid eating, drinking, or using tobacco products for approximately 2-4 hours before your test, although you can continue to take any medications. You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes so you can move easily during your stress test.
Chest pain and shortness of breath are the most common signs of cardiovascular health problems. However, there are many other symptoms to be aware of, especially if you have a personal or family history of heart problems, including:
However, cardiovascular health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which indicate a higher risk of heart attack and other severe health issues, don’t cause any symptoms until your condition has progressed to dangerous levels.
If you have chest pain accompanied by symptoms such as shortness of breath and dizziness, you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you have less urgent signs of cardiovascular health issues, call Faith Medical Center or schedule a consultation and stress test online today.