stress test

Was wondering why the Dr. requested a stress test?  Only thing she, said it has been two years since the last one.  What will it show?

  Also keeping a record of when  I think maybe  the fast heart beats  are as  have an in office Pacemaker check  Aug. 20,2021.  Which is about 8 weeks after the remote transmission. Which is the 2 year anniversary of  the implant.

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by Gemita - 2021-07-18 16:07:08

Hello new to pace, your question "Was wondering why the Dr. requested a stress test?" can only really be answered by your doctor, although it sounds as though she feels you are due a stress test. As you will see from the many posts here, a stress test serves many useful purposes.

A stress echo test will show how well your heart is coping when under stress from exercise.  It would also show any problems you might have with your heart, for example whether you have any blocked arteries.  A stress test diagnosed my husband’s  coronary artery disease which led to a cardiac catheterisation, known also as an angiogram and the placement of three stents, two in his LAD artery which probably saved his life.

Your doctor will be able to assess a lot from the stress test.  She will be able to see the structure of your heart, whether your heart muscle is getting enough blood and oxygen while you are exercising.  They will determine just how safe it is for you to exercise and to see for instance any difficulties you might have with your arrhythmias.  A stress echocardiogram is really putting you and your heart to the test, will show how well any medication is working, or whether you need medication, whether your arrhythmias are under control.  They will watch you for any signs of discomfort during exercise, any symptoms like breathlessness, chest pain, fatigue, arrhythmias.  Your doctor will check your blood pressure. heart rate, heart rhythm throughout the test.  Have you been told you will have an exercise stress echo or medication induced stress echo?

It seems to me as though you are being well looked after and I see too that you are keeping your own records of when you get your fast heart beats.  That will be very helpful new to pace

embrace the offer of a stress test

by Persephone - 2021-07-18 16:22:54

I say "embrace the stress test" because I had to request one to address my issues, based on what I'd learned here on this site. I hope all goes well for you in your exam.  In my case, I was asked to make significant changes to medication immediately and said I wasn't ready, so wore a holter monitor to ensure that the negative stuff that was shown in the stress test was corrected by PM setting changes.  Again, just my experience, but I would say try to see the stress test as a positive aspect to your care.  Let us know how it goes, if you wouldn't mind

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by new to pace.... - 2021-07-18 16:43:32

Thanks Gemita and Pershone for your answers .. Will be medically(always have that one) as my knees cannot take the treadmill. Wwill certainly let you   both and the othrs know how i did.      Had hoped for a real early appointment so i could have walked the 2 blocks.  But it will be to hot to walk home.  Now have to drive the 2 blocks.

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stress tests

by Tracey_E - 2021-07-19 10:50:35

Stress tests are a great way to see how our heart does on exertion and fine tune settings. 

If you can't do a treadmill, can you do a bike? Other option is a chemical stress test. 

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