What is Cardiac Stress Testing or Heart Testing?

Cardiac testing or stress testing is often referred to as a Cardiac Stress Test. This procedure is a combination of several different tests. These specific tests help measure the heart’s ability to respond to external stress. Cardiac stress tests are always performed in a controlled environment. Under a watchful eye of a licensed physician.
The test is useful to diagnose heart disease and abnormal blood flow to the heart’s muscle tissue. It can also combine 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. Along with a stress echocardiogram and other equipment for heart tests.

Who Should have Cardiac Stress Testing?

Cardiac testing is useful for athletes to rule out abnormalities of the heart. The tests are also a part of a pre-surgical workup to determine one’s cardiac health before surgery. Patients should consider having a cardiac workup if:
  • they suffer from chest pains or shortness of breath with minimal exertion
  • experience palpitations of the heart
  • have a history of high cholesterol
  • are obese
  • have high blood pressure
  • currently smoking
  • are diabetic
  • have a family history of premature heart disease or heart attacks
  • have abnormal resting electrocardiogram
This workup generally includes a treadmill stress test with ultrasound of the heart. These 2 tests help to rule out coronary heart disease. A detailed workup can uncover serious heart disease. And with the proper treatment, help prevent disabling and sometimes fatal heart attacks.

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is the build-up of plaque in the inner lining of the artery walls. The arteries 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. In severe cases, a sudden total blockage of the coronary artery can occur. This is known as an acute myocardial infarction or a heart attack.

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What is the purpose of screening for coronary artery disease?

Often the first symptom of coronary artery disease is sudden death. Resulting from a sudden and large myocardial infarction. This can occur without any preceding warning signs or chest pain. For this reason, our physicians are now performing screening tests to be proactive. To help detect signs of coronary artery disease before such serious medical events.

What are the risk factors for coronary artery disease?

Common risk factors of coronary artery disease include:
  • 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?

At our Beverly Hills medical concierge office, we pull out the red carpet for our patients. We provide:
  • a friendly and experienced staff
  • relaxed testing environment
  • state of the art offices and diagnostic equipment
Most importantly we will provide you with confidence and peace of mind.

How should I prepare for my cardiac testing day?

You should eat, drink and take your medications as you usually would unless told by your doctor. You should wear comfortable clothes as well as comfortable shoes. They’re necessary to be able to run on an exercise treadmill for the cardiac stress part 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, contact or call 877-760-3570 today!

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