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Stress Tests Specialist

Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care -  - Internal Medicine, Primary Care, and Urgent Care Center

Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care

Internal Medicine, Primary Care, and Urgent Care Center located in White Plains, NY

If you have symptoms of a heart condition, routine EKG testing may not always find the cause. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, uses exercise stress tests to determine why you have problems like chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart rhythm irregularities. To find out more about stress tests or arrange a consultation, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.

Stress Tests Q & A

What are stress tests?

A stress test measures how well blood is flowing through your heart. The test uses an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine to record the electrical activity in your heart as you exercise.

Physical activity makes your heart pump harder, raising your heart rate and potentially revealing valuable information concerning cardiac function.

Your provider at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care might recommend a stress test to assist with the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), heart arrhythmias, and other cardiac conditions.

When might I need a stress test?

If you have symptoms of heart disease, but your initial EKG doesn’t highlight any abnormalities, stress tests can detect problems that a resting EKG might not pick up.

Heart disease symptoms include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Syncope (fainting)

Your provider might also order a stress test to evaluate your condition if you are undergoing treatment for a heart condition. Stress tests can help assess how much exercise your heart’s capable of, enabling your provider to adjust your treatment where necessary.

What happens during stress tests?

Stress tests typically involve using a treadmill or stationary bicycle to exercise. Your provider attaches electrodes to your body that send signals back to the EKG machine, and then you begin exercising slowly. Your provider asks you to increase your speed gradually until you reach the target they set for you.

When you hit the target, you can slow down and stop. You can also stop if it’s not safe for you to continue because you’re experiencing problems like a flare-up of symptoms. After the stress test, you lie down until your heart returns to its resting state, still with the EKG leads in place.

If you can’t exercise because of your health, your provider can administer an intravenous drug (one that goes straight into your bloodstream through a vein). The drug increases blood flow to mimic the effect of exercise on your heart.

Are there other types of stress tests?

There are several alternatives to a simple EKG stress test:

Stress echocardiography

Echocardiography is a form of ultrasound imaging technology specifically for use on the heart. It produces pictures of your heart as it pumps.

Nuclear stress test

A nuclear stress test involves using a radioactive dye that’s visible on imaging technology.

After your stress test, your provider goes over the results with you and discusses the next steps.

To find out more about stress tests or get a diagnosis of heart-related symptoms, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.