What is a stress test and what does it consist of?

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When looking for a good health insurance You must keep in mind that it is as complete as possible and that it allows you to perform a series of tests to maintain your health at 100%. After all, it is what makes you improve your economy (thanks to work). One of those tests is the stress test. Do you know what it consists of?

Take a look at this article to find out what a stress test is, what it consists of and all the details you should know before doing it. This way, you will be able to know if your insurance covers it and why it is important to do it. Shall we start?

What is a stress test

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The technical name by which doctors will refer to this test is ergometry. This is a test to see how the heart responds. when you are doing physical activity. In other words, knowing if the heart suffers or not when exercising.

This test is very useful to indicate if the heart is having problems with blood flow (for example, pumping more blood to the heart, or recovering).

In which cases a stress test is performed

Among the objectives for which a doctor may recommend the test is the make sure the treatment works or not for the patient. but also power know if that person suffers from a heart problem.

In other words, the stress test is usually ordered to:

  • Diagnose if there are problems in the coronary arteries. In case you don't know, they are what bring blood and oxygen to the heart. And if they are sick or injured, it puts them at risk of receiving what they need to face physical exercise.
  • Check heart rate. When the heart rate increases, arrhythmias may occur (if they have a reason). It is true that, when exercising, your heart rate must rise. But when these are too high and do not go down during a rest period, it can be assumed that there is some health problem with the heart rate.
  • Control the heart. Sometimes, before entering the operating room, one of the tests carried out preoperatively is the stress test to see if that person would endure surgery.
  • Review cardiac treatments. The test is a measure to check that the treatment is appropriate or, if not, that the state of the disease can be seen.
  • Trouble breathing and chest pain. In this situation, one of the first tests is the stress test to find out if there is any relationship with overexertion on the part of the heart.

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What does the stress test consist of?

When a person has to undergo a stress test they must take into account the type of medication and diet the previous day. There are medications that can influence the test results, as well as foods or drinks (for example, caffeine). For this reason, doctors sometimes request a series of measurements prior to the day of the test to try to ensure that the results are as objective as possible.

Stress test It lasts between fifteen and fifty minutes, although the exercise part really only lasts between five and fifteen minutes. It is necessary to wear comfortable clothing and even sports shoes.

The first thing the assistants will do is place a blood pressure monitor on the arm to monitor blood pressure. Then, they will place electrodes on your body to continuously perform an electrocardiogram.

Next, depending on whether or not you can exercise, you switch to a treadmill or take a track.

If the person cannot exercise, a series of medications are introduced that make the heart work faster for about twenty minutes. In other words, the heart is chemically told to work faster (as if it were exercising).

If you can exercise, the person will use a treadmill or treadmill in which the speed will increase to force the heart to work faster. Another option is the bicycle.

Are there risks in the test?

Like any diagnostic test, risks are always present, although some may be smaller than others. In the case of the stress test, most of them are safe, especially because you are in a medical center with doctors who can act if something happens. But at all times, being conscious, You can report any discomfort you suffer, whether it is chest pain, discomfort, shortness of breath, dizziness, numbness... Likewise, doctors will also be observing you and can recognize signs that, for others, would go unnoticed.

Beyond these problems, there may be others related to:

  • The use of medications, which can cause the same symptoms described above
  • The use of tints or contrasts when images of the heart need to be collected (nuclear or MRI stress tests). These could cause mild or severe allergic reactions (it is advisable to warn before they are introduced).

What results can be expected

Test results

Once carried out, all the data that has been provided is taken into account, whether from voltage, electro, or even image tests, to give a final result that may be:

  • Normal, when there are no problems in the heart and blood flow is normal.
  • Abnormal, when some heart diseases are detected, especially related to the coronary arteries. Sometimes the problem can be detected, but other times more tests are required, such as an angiography to analyze the state of these arteries and determine the disease as well as the most appropriate treatment depending on the case.

And that's where comprehensive health insurance can prevent you from having to shell out more money or not being able to take care of your health.

Did you know about the stress test and how important it is?

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