What do my stress test results mean?
An abnormal result in both phases of your stress test is an indication that your heart’s blood flow is poor, regardless of your exertion level. The restricted blood flow suggests significant coronary artery disease.
What does a stress test for your heart tell you?
A stress test, also called an exercise stress test, shows how your heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster, an exercise stress test can reveal problems with blood flow within your heart.
What does it mean when a stress test is abnormal?
Abnormal results may be due to: Reduced blood flow to a part of the heart. The most likely cause is a narrowing or blockage of one or more of the arteries that supply your heart muscle. Scarring of the heart muscle due to a previous heart attack.
What if treadmill test is positive?
Positive test means patients ECG is showing changes of angina (lack of adequate blood supply to heart) after workload. It means patient is suffering from ischemic heart disease.
What next if TMT is positive?
What happens if I have a positive stress test?
Positive or abnormal: Doctors may conclude the stress test is positive for cardiac ischemia—meaning the heart muscle wasn’t getting adequate oxygenated blood during the stress. There are certain ECG and imaging changes that would support this conclusion. There are also clinical findings that could support it.
What to expect when taking a cardiac stress test?
The following are things that you should expect during a cardiac stress test: You will be monitored. To monitor your blood pressure and the oxygen in your blood, a cuff may be placed on your arm and a clip may be put on your finger. Electrodes (sticky patches) may be put on your chest to monitor the electrical activity of your heart.
What does it mean if I fail a cardiac stress test?
If you fail a stress test, it means that there might be serious underlying heart problems. There are many indications, some of the important ones among them are as follows: In case there are variations and changes in the electrocardiogram , it means that there is low oxygen supply to the various muscles of the heart.
What should I bring to a cardiac stress test?
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you can exercise in to your test. Bring an inhaler with you if you normally use one during exercise. What will happen during a cardiac stress test? A healthcare provider will place electrodes (sticky patches) on your chest. Hair may be removed to help the patches stick to your skin.
What does a cardiac stress test reveal?
Cardiac stress tests can reveal problems that don’t show up while your heart is at rest. Your doctor might order a stress test if you have chest pain that comes and goes, difficulty breathing, swollen ankles or feet, an irregular heart rate, tiredness or nausea.