What does a stress test for your heart show

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431644 tn?1236899573 I am wondering what a stress test will show you? Will it show you anything more than a echo does? I have had two of those done so far and nothing yet from the cardiologist. I just cannot get over these rapid rates and feelings like passing out when it does it. Wondering if I should talk to the dr about doing one or not . I want some answers about this. Some people say maybe panic attacks donig it. But geez, when doing dishes and waking me up at night. I don't think it would.
Avatar m tn I will "pop" something in, that may supplement some better input yet to come. I do not know specifically what a MRI does/shows. I've never had one, but I have had echocardiograms and I think they are somewhat the same, and neither checks on blockage in the arteries of the heart.
Avatar f tn I wonder why you had a stress test, some symptom trigger it? In my case I asked for a stress test to get a better number on what my maximum exercise HR should be. This lead to lots of additional nuclear and other tests because I couldn't pass the stress test when I in fact didn't have the main problem it checks for. Sorry if I wander... bottom line, see a cardiologist but if you don't have any serious symptoms I think you should think positive, nothing is wrong.
Avatar f tn My rx says adenosine nuclear stress test. Adenosine is used in lieu of exercise.
Avatar n tn Your heart racing, tightening of the chest, and faintness can all be caused by panic attacks. There is medication for this, are you on any? Best to be checked out and be sure though. Are you sure none of this is related to your thyroid problems? You didn't say what problems you've had. The test is an easy one.
Avatar f tn When using EKG and blood pressure monitoring alone the test is variously called a cardiac stress test, exercise stress test, exercise treadmill test, exercise tolerance test, stress test or exercise ECG test. Heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, EKG, and how tired you feel are monitored during the test.
Avatar f tn I was already booked to visit my family in America shortly after it all began, and a friend of the family there (cardiologist) checked out my heart at a very generous discount. He did a heart trace, an echo, a stress test and then a stress echo. He found nothing wrong with my heart and said I was slightly above average in terms of exercise tolerance (which was very surprising). So that was reassuring, but it's been over three years now and I am still having some issues.
Avatar n tn If I could suggest one thing, if you are going in for a stress test, perhaps you should ask for a nuclear stress test. You will get all the advantages of a normal stress test but also get a look at the blood flow in your heart. My Doctor let me go straight to a nuclear stress test, and it's a piece of cake as well. In addition, it has a much higher accuracy rate than a normal exercise stress test. Just a thought, good luck!
Avatar m tn the dubotomine stress test prior to the stenting said it showed positive for ischemia affecting heart wall in three places. EF was 70.19%. What was notable about this test was that I am perfectly normal at low and medium dose of the dubotamine. Maybe I should lust live like that - low and medium pulse? All the grim looking stats came at high dose with pulse at 120. That's high for an 81-year-old? It would take me a fair sprint along the road to get it up to that level.
Avatar n tn I can produce a numbert of different opinions what is the appropriate heart rate and so on with exercising. The best method for someone with a heart issue is to have a stress test. A stress test is oftened done for the purpose of learning the degree of tolerance/risk one can safely do. The rule of thumb stated is not recommended for someone who has heart issues. You will be safe to engage in exercising according to METs.
Avatar n tn Not likely, an echo shows the structure of your heart, generally a stress test with or without nuclear profusion is generally more useful in identifying blockages that may lead to a heart attack.
Avatar f tn My arm starts to feel heavy too and I have to slow down and stop to get my breath and the pain / tightness slowly eases. Because of this I was sent for a stress test while hooked up to an ecg. This was in a warm room and I managed to complete it without any pains. Im confused now as it doesnt happen all the time but it is worse in cold weather. Could this be angina even though my ecg didnt show any problems with my heart? They said there was slight changes but nothing to be concerned about.
Avatar f tn Given a stress test for heart rate irregularities. Resting rate was around 80, and bp around 110/70. Between 3-6 min on the treadmill my bp was 170/80 and heartrate was over 140. At 7-8 minutes they told me I could stop because "they had all the information they needed." They said I would have the results in a couple of days.
Avatar f tn I was having chest pains and the Dr. had me take a stress test. All I got from the Dr. was I wasn't having a heart attack. Can you explain what they mean on #3? 1. No significant EKG changes during vasodilator stress test. 2. Normal post stress resting left ventricular wall motion and ejection fraction of about 77%. 3. Mildly severe fixed defect involving the apical anterior wall, likely breast attenuation. 4. No reversible defects noted to indicate ischemia.
Avatar n tn The fact that your EF% is excellent and your heart did not show any wall motion abnormalities is all very good so your heart is healthy right now, but may be at risk if there is diminished blood flow. Vienna is right, your doctor needs to explain this comment to you as it could also be within the normal variant. That's the problem when we layman read test results, we just don't have the background or experience to know for sure.
Avatar f tn Doctor, thanks for your answers. I'm confused, though, if the perfusion defect is due to a stenosis and this degree of stenosis could cause pain with exertion, why isn't that already considered significant heart disease? Also, my LDL is 48 mg/dl, HDL 76, total cholesterol 134. Would lipid lowering meds provide any additional protection in my case?
Avatar f tn I recently had a CT angiogram that determines by a calcium score the degree of calcification and soft plaque and the quantification indicates the degree of risk for a heart attack.
Avatar n tn I have had two sets of chest xrays done and they show nothing as well. I went in for a stress test and it appeared to be "abnormal". I went in for an angiogram and the doctor assures me that my heart is in excellent shape except for a very small blockage. I continue to have the tightness in my chest and the feeling of being flush. I have a blood pressure of 100 over 60 and a pulse of 72. I have had no other problems in the past. I am at a loss as to where to go next.
1076228 tn?1256348980 However, comparing the trace elements injected at rest at during the high heart rate period of the stress test may show that there is a blockage of an artery and during exercise, your heart is not getting enough blood in parts of it. The cath will give the doctor specific answers. I'd try to stress about it, but the period of time after a stress test and before a cath is always a worrisome time, I've gone through that a number of times.
Avatar n tn The imediate post-stress myocardial images show defect in the antero-apical and apical walls of the left ventrical. The overall size of the defect is small. Resting images show nearly complete normalization of these perfusion defects. In addition, prominent breast tissue attenuation artifact was noted. The patient had appropriate HR response, and appropriate BP response. Negative for chest pain, mildly positive for ischemic ECG changes, and negative for significant arrhythmia.
Avatar n tn An Echo Stress Test or a Nuclear Stress Test, if the doctor is suspecting coronary artery disease. However, a regular stress may be sufficient in stable patients or those with a low suspicion of coronary artery disease who are being assessed for exercise tolerance (for example, prior to undergoing a structured exercise or rehab program). If you are/were experiencing chest pains an EKG Stress test is not reliable and probably should have had a Nuclear Stress Test.
Avatar m tn I just completed a tread mill stress test and a nuclear stress test. Briefly, the results are: 1) attained 100% target heart rate, no chest pains, no arrhythmia 2) LVEF is 56% 3) Moderate size infereior ischemia 4.) ECG is positive for ischemia at good workload (reached heart rate of 143). I've formed a preliminary impression from my research on the Internet, but I would appreciate professional feedback. I am scheduled for a heart catheterization. Thank you.