This test helps diagnose problems with the coronary arteries and determine heart attack risk.
A stress test is usually ordered to find out what part of your heart is at risk or has been damaged by a heart attack. It does this by determining how your heart responds to physical stress. It can also be used to monitor someone with a prior history of heart disease. It may also be called a treadmill test or an exercise electrocardiogram.
A stress test may be done in a healthcare provider's office, clinic, or hospital. A technician will be with you at all times and a healthcare provider will be present or nearby.
Before your stress test, make a list of your questions, concerns, symptoms and medications (including over-the-counter).
After your stress test, you should know if there are any immediate concerns and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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