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Health Tip: Getting a Stress Test

Health Tip: Getting a Stress Test

01/19/11

(HealthDay News) -- A stress test evaluates the way your heart works during exercise and while you're at rest.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says your doctor may have ordered a stress test:

  • To diagnose -- or determine the extent of -- coronary heart disease.
  • To diagnose a problem with the heart's valves.
  • To show how the heart withstands exercise after a heart attack.
  • To determine how well a clog-clearing procedure called angioplasty has alleviated reduced blood flow to the heart.
  • To determine if you have arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat.
  • To help explain why you can't catch your breath during exercise.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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