Cardiologist located in Pomona, Montclair, & West Covina, CA
An electrocardiogram (EKG) often provides the answers to what's causing heart-related symptoms, but if your EKG is inconclusive, stress testing could be the solution. Interventional cardiologist Yogesh Paliwal, MD, and his team at Indus Cardiology provide state-of-the-art stress testing facilities at their three locations in Pomona, Montclair, and West Covina, California, to help them diagnose symptoms that aren't clear when your heart is at rest. Call Indus Cardiology to find out more or book an appointment online today.
What is stress testing?
Stress testing is a method of analyzing how well your heart works when it's beating hard. The stress aspect of the test involves exercising to raise your heart rate, or taking medication that replicates the effect of exercise on your heart.
Blood needs to pump around your body more quickly when you're physically active, so stress testing can reveal information about how well your heart is working that doesn't show up on regular cardiac tests.
Your provider at Indus Cardiology can measure the performance of your heart using electrocardiogram (EKG) technology, which records the electrical activity in your heart. Or you could undergo a stress echocardiogram to produce images of the inner workings of your heart.
Why would I need to take part in stress testing?
You might need to take part in stress testing if you have symptoms of a heart problem, but nothing is showing on a resting EKG.
Not all heart conditions cause symptoms that an EKG can detect without the additional stress of exercising. You could have a disorder like arrhythmia or coronary artery disease (CAD) that doesn't cause abnormal EKG readings, but the evidence is there when you have a stress test.
Stress testing is also useful for patients who are already undergoing treatment at Indus Cardiology. The test enables your provider to assess how well your treatment program is working and make any necessary adjustments.
What does stress testing involve?
Before you undergo stress testing you should stop eating and drinking for a period of time. The Indus Cardiology team tells you for how long and any other preparations you need to make. For instance, you might have to avoid taking some medications.
The first step in stress testing is attaching the electrodes to your body. These are thin wires with sticky pads on the ends that send back electrical activity readings from your heart to the EKG machine. After fitting the electrodes, your provider asks you to begin exercising.
Once you reach the target heart rate your provider sets, you can start slowing down. The electrodes keep transmitting until your heart rate returns to normal. Once they've analyzed the results of your stress test, your provider discusses the findings with you.
If you have symptoms of a heart condition but the cause isn't clear, stress testing could pinpoint the underlying issue. Find out more about stress testing and what it involves by calling Indus Cardiology today, or booking an appointment online.