What is Cardiac Stress Testing or Heart Testing?
Cardiac testing or stress testing, often referred to as a Cardiac Stress Test, is the combination of several different procedures and tests performed in order to measure the heart’s ability to respond to external stress. Cardiac stress tests are always performed in a controlled environment under a physician’s supervision. The test can be used to diagnose heart disease and an abnormal blood flow to the heart’s muscle tissue. It may be combined with an ultrasound of the heart which is referred to as a 2D ECHO. Our Beverly Hills office is equipped with a cardiac stress test machine. stress echocardiogram as well as other eqquipment for heart tests.
Who Should have Cardiac Stress Testing?
Cardiac testing is performed on athletes to rule out abnormalities of the heart as well as part of a pre-surgical workup to determine one’s cardiac health prior to surgery. Patients who suffer from chest pains or shortness of breath with minimal exertion, experience palpitations of the heart, have a history of high cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, family history of premature heart disease or heart attacks, or an abnormal resting electrocardiogram, should consider having a cardiac workup. This workup generally includes a treadmill stress test with ultrasound of the heart to rule out coronary heart disease.
A detailed workup can uncover serious heart disease and with the proper treatment, prevent disabling and sometimes fatal heart attacks.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease is the built up of plaque in the inner lining of the artery walls that supply the heart. Plaque in the artery walls is also known as atherosclerosis. Coronary heart disease is a common form of heart disease and is a leading cause of disability and death. Patients with coronary artery disease may suffer from chest pain or suffer from a sudden total blockage of the coronary artery known as an acute myocardial infarction or a heart attack.
What is the purpose of screening for coronary artery disease?
In many cases and in many patients, the first symptom of coronary artery disease is sudden death from a large myocardial infarction or MI without any preceding warning signs or chest pain. For this reason, our physicians are now performing screening tests to detect signs of coronary artery disease prior to such serious medical events.
What are the risk factors for coronary artery disease?
Age, Male gender, Family history of coronary artery disease, Smoking history, High blood pressure, High blood cholesterol levels, Diabetes, Obesity, Physical inactivity, High stress, Sleep apnea, C-reactive protein, Homocysteine, Fibrinogen, Lipoprotien a.
Why perform your screening cardiac testing at one of our locations?
Our friendly and experienced staff, relaxed testing environment, as well as our state of the art offices and diagnostic equipment will provide you with confidence and a peace of mind.
How should I prepare for my cardiac testing day?
You should eat, drink and take your medications as you normally would do at you usual times unless told by your doctor. You should wear comfortable clothes as well as comfortable shoes to be able to run on an exercise treadmill for the cardiac stress portion of your test.
At what location is cardiac stress testing/heart testing(s) performed?
We offer cardiac stress testing/heart testing at our state of the art offices in Beverly Hills. For questions or to schedule your cardiac stress test with My Concierge MD, please fill in the form under Contact or call 877-760-3570 today!