Stress tests are performed to determine changes consistent with signs your heart is not receiving enough blood flow. The most common stress test is the exercise stress test.
This is done to determine how your heart responds to exertion. Electrodes are hooked to your chest area which allows the physician or technician to monitor the EKG waves as your heart rate increases. You are asked to walk on a treadmill.
Stress test can help determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart when there is increased activity or exertion. It can also determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease which would require further evaluation it can also evaluate how effective your heart medication is on controlling your condition.
TYPES OF STRESS TESTS AND HOW TO PREPARE
Adenosine Stress Test: If one cannot exercise adequately the use of pharmacological testing only will be utilized. This is generally done in conjunction with an imaging technique.