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Cardiac Stress Test

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

A cardiac stress test is also called an exercise test or a treadmill test. This test helps your caregiver see how well your heart works during exercise. A cardiac stress test is usually done to check for blockages in the arteries of the heart.

INSTRUCTIONS:

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

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

Self-care:

  • Eat a variety of heart healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Limit foods high in saturated and trans fats. Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if you need to be on a low cholesterol or sodium (salt) diet.
  • Exercise: Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist about the best exercise plan for you.
  • Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk of heart problems. Ask your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist for information if you need help quitting.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if:

  • You feel dizzy or lightheaded.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department 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, 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
  • Having 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

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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