It is an open secret that we are battling stress on a daily basis across the world for one reason or another. The level of stress varies and even requires proper tools for stress management in relation to the prognosis or medication if any. However, the first thing to consider is to notice the bodily changes. To do the same, a treadmill stress test can always come in handy. A stress treadmill test gauges the heart's capacity to absorb the exertion which may also help in determining the mental stress as well.
During the rest mode, your heart may appear to be working fine. It is when the heart is put to “stress” your heart and cardiovascular system by exercising, your heart rate and blood flow increase in order to provide your cells with more oxygen and nutrients and remove waste.
The stress test helps the doctor ascertain how the heart functions under stress. Moreover, the test also indicates any signs and symptoms of heart problems which can turn out to be more pronounced. The most common type of stress test involves a test on a treadmill that gradually increases in speed and grade. However, if you are not able to exercise by walking on a treadmill, you will be given a drug that simulates the effects of exercise by making your heart beat faster.
On a whole, the treadmill stress test, the things which get monitored in the electrocardiogram (EKG) are heart rate, and blood pressure. The EKG measures the electrical activity which travels through your heart with each heartbeat, and a healthy heart produces a specific pattern of response with each heartbeat. The pattern gets altered when the heart is not working properly. Apart from your heart rate and blood pressure, the information obtained from the EKG makes it equally convenient for your doctor to detect any heart problems. Some of the common heart conditions which come out in the results of the treadmill stress heart test are abnormal heart rhythms, inadequate blood flow, heart valve malfunction, and the presence of coronary artery disease.
If there is a problem with your heart, the doctor may also prefer to visualize your heart during the stress test. The imaging techniques which are used for the same purpose are a combination with the stress test, the echocardiogram and nuclear imaging. The echocardiogram is effective in letting the cardiologist to see the size and shape of your heart, thickness, and movement of your heart muscle; also it can be a pointer for how well the chambers and valves in the heart are functioning; and the force with which your heart contracts. Furthermore, a nuclear imaging is also capable of showing how well your heart pumps with each heartbeat.
The treadmill stress test shall be recommended by your cardiologists only when the tests which have been done previously look inconclusive for the right diagnosis of the heart.
To know more about the test and for booking an appointment, contact your nearest lab or medical test planners.