WHAT IS TREADMILL CARDIAC STRESS TEST?
Based on the results of an adult or teen undergoing a treadmill cardiac stress test, a doctor is able to assess the functioning of the heart under extreme stress conditions. For the test, an individual is instructed to walk or run on the treadmill until their heart is under stress and all the cardio logical parameters can be assessed.
A treadmill cardiac stress test can help in diagnosing a variety of diseases, such as:
- Coronary heart disease (CHD)
- Abnormal functioning of the heart
- Sudden changes in the blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain due to exertion
The overall health of the heart can be determined, and timely action based on these results can prevent life-threatening heart complications, such as blockage in the veins, heart failure, or even cardiac arrest. Hence, it is highly recommended that adults and teens undergo a treadmill stress test at regular intervals.
During a treadmill cardiac test, sensors are placed on the skin of the chest, arms, and legs to monitor the rate of blood flow and pressure. Next, you will be instructed to begin exercising on a specially calibrated treadmill. The exercise level gradually gets harder during the test. However, you are allowed to stop anytime if you feel the exercise is too strenuous for you. The heart parameters are noted and assessed until the heart returns to a normal state following completion of the test. The readings are then analyzed, and the doctor will have a clear impression about the heart’s functioning, and based on these findings, further course of action can be decided.
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