Features June 2014 Issue

What is a Stress Test, And When is It Necessary?

This screening can be helpful to measure heart function, but itís not for everyone.

Astress test, sometimes referred to as an exercise stress test, is a commonly performed screening to help doctors diagnose certain heart conditions. The tests are also done to monitor how well patients are doing with cardiac treatment or following a heart procedure. But because they are done routinely for so many patients, you might think that a stress test is like having your blood pressure checkedóthat itís standard for everyone.

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