A stress electrocardiogram, often referred to as a "stress ECG" or "exercise stress test," is a valuable diagnostic tool used to assess how your heart performs during physical activity. At Houston Cardiovascular Care, we offer state-of-the-art stress ECG services to help us evaluate your cardiovascular health and detect potential issues related to exercise. Here, we outline our stress ECG services and how they can benefit your heart health.
Our Stress ECG Expertise
DR. ABDELKADER ALMANFI, our renowned cardiologist, leads our team of experienced healthcare professionals in performing stress ECGs. Our commitment to excellence ensures that you receive the highest quality of care and accurate diagnostic assessments.
BENIFITS OF STRESS ECG
1 Early Detection
Stress ECGs are instrumental in the early detection of heart conditions, particularly coronary artery disease (CAD), which may not be evident at rest.
2 Precise Assessment
The test provides precise data about your heart's performance during exercise, helping us identify any issues with blood flow, heart rhythm, or overall cardiac function.
3 Treatment Guidance
Stress ECG results guide treatment decisions, assisting us in developing personalized treatment plans that address your specific cardiovascular needs..
The Stress ECG Procedure
Here's what you can expect during a stress ECG:
Preparation: You'll be asked to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers suitable for exercise. Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart's electrical activity during the test.
Exercise: You'll start with a warm-up period and then gradually increase your physical activity by walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike. The intensity will gradually rise, simulating the effects of exercise on your heart.
Monitoring: Your heart rate, blood pressure, and ECG readings will be continuously monitored throughout the test.
Completion and Recovery: The exercise phase will conclude when you reach a target heart rate or experience symptoms like fatigue, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath. You'll then slow down and cool down before the test is complete.
Analysis: The recorded ECG data will be analyzed by our cardiologist to assess your heart's response to exercise and detect any abnormalities or irregularities.
Results: The results of your stress ECG will be discussed with you, and if necessary, further diagnostic tests or treatment options will be recommended.