You hope your heart is working the way it should. But if you want to do more than hope, consider an exercise stress test at Sunnyvale Cardiology. From the convenience of their Sunnyvale, Texas, office, Prasad Maddukuri, MD, FACC, MRCP, offer this method to determine if your heart performs well when it’s put to work. If you want to learn more about this noninvasive test, call their office. Alternately, you can book your appointment online.
The name of this test is fairly descriptive: It’s a test that uses exercise to put stress on your heart. The purpose of the test is to determine how well your heart performs when it needs to work harder, e.g., when you’re exercising or performing manual labor.
This test is useful because it allows Dr. Maddukuri and Dr. Reynolds to analyze your body’s ability to send more oxygen to your heart as it needs it. With an exercise stress test, they can better understand the blood supply in the arteries that provide blood to your heart, giving them a clearer picture of your overall heart health.
Come to your appointment in workout clothes and running shoes. During your test, you run on a treadmill while you’re hooked up to monitoring equipment to capture your heart rate.
You start at a slow warm-up speed. Then, every three minutes, both the speed and incline of the treadmill increase. You continue running with these speed and incline increases until you’ve reached 85 percent of your target heart rate.
At this point, Dr. Maddukuri or Dr. Reynolds have you lie on your side as they run more tests.
With all of this data, the team at Sunnyvale Cardiology can better understand your overall heart health and how your heart performs during work.
Because it shows how your heart performs under different conditions, an exercise stress test can be an effective diagnostic tool for:
It can also help Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Maddukuri see if any procedures you’ve had to improve your heart health have been effective and can help them provide more accurate predictions of heart attacks and other cardiac conditions.
Additionally, an exercise stress test helps Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Maddukuri recommend a level of exercise that is safe for your body without putting excessive strain on your heart.
An exercise stress test is both a diagnostic and preventive tool. It’s an excellent way to understand your heart better so you can take the right steps, as recommended by the expert cardiologists at Sunnyvale Cardiology, to keep it in top health.
For more information or to schedule your exercise stress test, call Sunnyvale Cardiology or book your appointment online.