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The Basics Of Stress Tests - Important Tips And Facts

If you are older than 40, there's a good chance your doctor will require you to take a cardiovascular stress test. It is considered a preventive measure to detect any problems early on and is invaluable even if there are no symptoms. There's a higher rate of success for treatments when they start early which is why it is so important to catch problems as soon as possible. The more your condition advances without treatment, the harder it will be to find a desirable solution. So, stick close to your doctor and ask for a stress test if he's never recommended on.

A stress test does not necessarily mean your heart has a problem. A pipe that is partially clogged up that is feeding a pump - think of that. It may make a lot of strange noises, and, at the very least, it won't be working very well. Your cardiovascular system is the same. Your doctor may prescribe a test for this reason. The way that we live in the US, and the food that we eat, has been proven to lead to clogged arteries and veins. But the thing to know is that this is not the kind of test that is given for no good reason. Sometimes your annual checkup or physical may include a stress test done on a treadmill. You won't have to be injected with radioactive dye as this is not a nuclear stress test which requires some type of imagery. Your heart needs to be under some amount of strain and duress for the test to work appropriately. If nothing is stressed, then the EKG will not produce the results that can actually help you if something is amiss. Placing your heart under a load means loading it down or making it do more work. Simple exercises like running in place, walking fast, or going for a jog will put a load on your heart in no time. It is during the loaded down situation where abnormalities can or will become evident. This is not always the case but it's very common for this situation to exist. It's hard to tell if you don't have a symptoms and you feel fine everyday.

You have to consider the situation if a stress test is actually recommended. If you get an annual check up and you're past a certain age, then your doctor will want to give you a simple treadmill stress test and take an EKG. If it is not part of an annual exam, the doctor may simply want to see if your blood is flowing properly for your heart.

In most cases, you shouldn't panic. It's just a test that you should not be anxious about. Just load your mind with good information on stress tests before going in. You'll get straight answers from your doctor if you ask them too. This is something that doctors deal with every single day, so they may give you a very mundane blunt answer so be ready. Some people have concerns about receiving radioactive injections for a nuclear stress test. Despite its low dosage, it is an area of concern and for good reason. There are annual limits for radioactive exposure that apply to all people. There is probably an alternative available if you have major concerns.

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