A range of cardiac tests
If you’re considering an exercise stress test or other cardiac tests, here are a few basics to keep in mind:
EXERCISE STRESS TEST (also called treadmill test, exercise test and exercise cardiac stress test):
Doctors monitor your EKG while you’re at rest and when you’re working hard, such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.
Picking up blockages greater than 70%, showing how much you can safely do after a heart attack or surgery.
ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG or ECG):
Records the heart’s electrical activity and shows abnormal heart rhythms. Can show a heart attack in progress.
Showing whether a heart attack has occurred, predicting whether one is developing, monitoring a change in heart rhythm.
An ultrasound for the heart. Patients exercise on a treadmill or bike but instead of using the EKG, doctors place a handheld device on the chest to create video pictures of the heart’s chambers, valves, wall motion and blood flow patterns.
Assessing heart health, including abnormal rhythms (arrhythmia) in the heart. For women, it’s slightly more accurate than an exercise stress test.