Cardiac Stress Test

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A cardiac stress test helps your caregiver see how well your heart works when it is under stress. It is also called an exercise test or a medicine stress test. A cardiac stress test is usually done to check for blocked arteries in your heart.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if:

  • You feel dizzy or lightheaded.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

Call 911 or an ambulance if you have any signs of a heart attack:

  • Discomfort in the center of your chest that feels like squeezing, pressure, fullness, or pain and that lasts for more than a few minutes or keeps returning

  • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or one or both of your arms

  • Feeling sick to your stomach

  • Trouble breathing

  • A sudden cold sweat, particularly in combination with chest discomfort or trouble breathing

  • Feeling very lightheaded or dizzy, particularly in combination with chest discomfort or trouble breathing

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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