Your heart is the essential motor that has to keep on ticking, sending a healthy supply of blood through your body, keeping all systems on go. If there is any kind of problem, you could be in trouble. You want to nip issues in the bud so that you can have the best possible quality of life.
One of the most important things you can do is know your heart better. You can evaluate your heart with stress testing to find out if there are any red flags that indicate you could have a problem with your heart. The Vein Center at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida can help you to set up testing and take the next step.
Why Get a Stress Test?
We may recommend a stress test as you approach middle age or if you are showing some symptoms that point to a heart condition. You may opt for a stress test yourself if you have a family history of heart problems or have concerns about your heart. You need to listen to your gut instincts about your health.
A stress test is one tool that can be used to evaluate your heart for any signs of heart disease. It is not 100% accurate, and you may need to continue with further testing, but a stress test may be a good place to start.
What Happens During a Stress Test?
When you have a stress test, you will be required to exercise under controlled conditions, whether you are on a stationary bike or a treadmill. You will begin at a lower level of difficulty and gradually your exercise will become more strenuous.
While you are exercising, your heart will be monitored through an electrocardiogram. Our doctor will also be focusing on your blood pressure and your heart rate.
If there is evidence of a problem, such as an abnormality in your heart’s rhythm or the possibility of ischemia, a lack of blood flowing to your heart, our doctor will continue with follow-up measures.
Throughout your stress test, your condition will be closely monitored. You will be asked if you are experiencing any pain, specifically in your chest, your jaw or your arm.
If you become short of breath or experience dizziness, you need to let the doctor know. This may indicate that you have a problem with your heart. Your stress test results may suggest that you are at risk for coronary heart disease or have some other type of problem with your heart.
Talk to Us Today
If you have been experiencing symptoms that suggest you have a heart condition or it runs in your family, you can ask for a stress test for your peace of mind. Make an appointment at The Vein Center at Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers and discuss your concerns.
We will assess your condition and help you to set up a stress test. Once you have undergone the test, the results will be reviewed, and we will help you to take the next step in caring for your heart. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.