Stress Test

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NY Family Docs

Primary Care Practice & Family Practice located in Williamsburg, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, CityLine & Forest Hills NY

At NY Family Docs, with six offices throughout Brooklyn and Queens, New York, the experienced medical team offers an on-site stress test to evaluate your heart health. Whether you have unexplained symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath or want to learn more about safe exercises to add to your lifestyle, the board-certified physicians can administer an in-office stress test to provide you with accurate results. Book a stress test appointment online or by phone today. You can also visit the office nearest you on a walk-in basis.

Stress Test Q & A

What is a stress test?

A stress test is a diagnostic tool that provides information about your heart health. The goal of a stress test is to evaluate how your body handles different levels of activity and how much blood your heart is pumping while you’re physically active.

You can also benefit from a stress test if you want to learn more about adding the right level and type of physical activity into your daily life.

What conditions can a stress test identify?

By evaluating your heart health through a stress test, your NY Family Docs physician can identify issues like an irregular heartbeat or the root cause of chest pain.

Stress testing can also ensure that any treatments you’re receiving for existing heart disease are working properly.

How does a stress test work?

During your stress test, your NY Family Docs provider hooks electrodes to certain areas of your body that will monitor your heart’s activity. The electrodes’ sensors send information back to a monitor, so your doctor can evaluate the results in real-time.

Once the electrodes are in place, you start walking slowly on a treadmill. As the test progresses, your NY Family Docs provider will change the treadmill speed and position, forcing your body to work harder.

The equipment will monitor things like your:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Breathing efficiency

At certain points in the test, you might also need to breathe into a tube to monitor how much air you’re taking in and letting out during physical activity. Your NY Family Docs physician also evaluates how tired you feel throughout the test.

Your physician also connects you to an EKG that collects information about the electric signals in your heart.

What risks are associated with a stress test?

If you have existing issues that affect your breathing or heart health, you could experience difficulties during your test that require you to stop. Your NY Family Docs provider is with you every step of the way to ensure you’re comfortable and not at risk of health complications.

Otherwise, you can expect to complete the test and return to your usual activities without any downtime. You might benefit from resting immediately after the stress test, especially if you experienced any side effects.

Your NY Family Docs provider discusses your results at your appointment and creates a treatment plan to address existing issues that affect your heart health.

If you need an evaluation for chest pain or other unexplained symptoms, schedule a stress test by phone or online today. You can also receive a comprehensive evaluation as a walk-in at the NY Family Docs nearest you.