Stress testing can pull back the curtain to reveal critical information about how your heart copes with hard work and physical exertion. Cardiologist Jerome Dubroff, MD, of Brighton Beach Medical Group in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, has extensive experience and provides a range of cardiac testing, including in-office echocardiograms and stress testing at an alternate site. Let Dr. Dubroff assist you in monitoring one of your most important organs and lowering your risk of heart disease. Call the New York City office or book an appointment online today to schedule a stress test.
A stress test is sometimes called a treadmill test or an exercise test. It’s designed to monitor how well your heart deals with hard work and physical exertion. During your stress test, as your body works harder, it requires more oxygen and urges your heart to pump more blood.
The test effectively reveals if your blood supply is reduced in the important arteries supplying blood to your heart.
During your stress test, you’re hooked up to special equipment, including electrodes connected to your chest and a blood pressure armband.
The goal is to carefully monitor your breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and other factors of your heart with imaging and an electrocardiogram (EKG).
A stress test can be done using an exercise bike or a treadmill. Using the treadmill, you’ll walk in place as the pace and the tilt is steadily increased, causing your heart rate to steadily rise.
Dr. Dubroff will ask you how tired you are throughout your test to monitor how you’re feeling. He might also ask you to breathe into a tube for a few minutes.
You can stop the test at any time if you’re feeling sick or exhausted. After your test, Dr. Dubroff will usually ask you to sit or lie down to have your blood pressure and heart rate checked again. For your safety, medical professionals are always present during and shortly after your test.
If for any reason you can’t walk on a treadmill long enough to reach your target heart rate, Dr. Dubroff can use medications to increase your heart rate. Exercise stress testing is always the preferred method.
Dr. Dubroff will recommend an exercise stress test to:
Depending on the results of your stress test, Dr. Dubroff could suggest further testing.
You deserve compassionate and quality testing and preventive, proactive, and reactive cardiologic care. Call Brighton Beach Medical Group for an appointment or book here online.