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Stress Test Specialist

Premier Cardiology Consultants -  - Cardiologist

Premier Cardiology Consultants

Cardiologists located in New Hyde Park, Lake Success, Rochdale, Richmond Hill, Forest Hills & Jamaica, NY

To fully assess the health of your heart, the team at Premier Cardiology Consultants, with offices in New Hyde Park on Long Island, and Forest Hills, Rochdale, Jamaica, and Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, may need to see how it responds during exercise. This test is referred to as a stress test and is performed at the office. To schedule a consultation with the cardiac specialists to learn more about the stress test, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Stress Test Q & A

What is a stress test?

A stress test is a cardiac exam that measures the electrical activity in your heart during exercise. For the test, electrodes are attached to your chest and hooked up to an electrocardiogram. You then walk on a treadmill for a set period of time at a set rate to see how your heart reacts during physical activity.

During the stress test, your specialist monitors your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure. 

Am I a good candidate for a stress test?

Your specialist at Premier Cardiology Consultants determines if you’re a good candidate for a stress test during your visit to the office. You may need a stress test to further evaluate heart health to diagnose a cardiac condition. 

You may benefit from a stress test:

  • If you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath
  • If you have an irregular heartbeat
  • If you’re starting a cardiac rehabilitation program and need baseline fitness levels
  • To assess the effectiveness of your heart disease treatments

Your cardiac specialist may also recommend a stress test if you need a more invasive procedure, such as a coronary angiogram to detect narrowed arteries.

How do I prepare for a stress test?

Your specialist at Premier Cardiology Consultants provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your stress test. You may be advised to not eat or drink for a set period of time prior to your test. You may also need to avoid caffeine for at least 24 hours prior to your test. 

The team also requests that you do not apply any creams or lotions to your chest prior to the procedure and that you come to the office wearing comfortable clothing and footwear with proper support. 

What can I expect during a stress test?

The team performs your stress test at the office. Before you begin, your specialist measures your heart rate and blood pressure, then attaches the electrodes to your chest and the electrocardiogram machine.

Once you’re ready, your specialist begins the test by having you walk on the treadmill. Your specialist increases the rate of speed and adjusts the incline. The entire test takes about 7-12 minutes, and the team monitors you throughout the entire exercise.

After your stress test, the team continues to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure until it returns to normal. 

For full-service cardiac care, contact Premier Cardiology Consultants by phone or online today.