It’s one thing to measure your cardiovascular activity from the comfort of a chair or bed, but monitoring it while you put your body through the paces is quite another, and often revealing. The cardiology specialists at Jacinto Medical Group offer stress tests to patients that can detect heart problems and determine next steps. If you’re in Baytown or La Porte, Texas, and you’d like to learn more about a stress test, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
One of the first things the staff at Jacinto Medical Group does each time you visit is record your vital statistics, including your blood pressure and heart rate. While these baseline tests are important in spotting trends or problems, they may not paint the whole picture.
If you have any red flags when it comes to your cardiovascular health, such as irregular heartbeats or symptoms of coronary artery disease, a stress test is a great way for your doctor to determine how your heart is functioning when it’s getting a workout.
Your doctor may also recommend stress tests periodically if you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart problem. These tests go a long way toward determining whether your treatment protocol is working or whether you may need a different approach.
As the name implies, a stress test is designed to increase your heart rate to see how your heart functions. To do this, your cardio specialist records the electrical signals that control your heartbeats while you’re physically active, usually on a treadmill or stationary bike. The goal is to gauge when, and if, symptoms arise that hamper your ability to continue.
Before you get physical, a technician outfits you with electrodes, as well as a blood pressure cuff. While you exercise, your doctor may also check your pulmonary function. The stress test typically doesn’t last long (about 15 minutes) and a staff member is with you at all times.
If you’re unable to exercise, the cardio team at Jacinto Medical Group may simulate stress through medications that affect your heart activity as exercise does.
If you complete your stress test without incident, it usually means that there isn’t a serious problem and you likely don’t need further testing. If, however, your results show that your heart struggled in its ability to pump blood, your doctor may recommend more specific testing, such as a nuclear stress test, which provides more detailed information about your circulation.
To learn more about the stress testing at Jacinto Medical Group, call the location nearest you today or use the online scheduling tool.