Electrocardiograms (i.e. EKG) and cardiac stress tests are two common diagnostic tools to help your cardiologist diagnose a variety of serious heart conditions. Easy and non-invasive, these two tests are available here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, and they very well could end up saving your life—read on to learn how!
More about EKG and Cardiac Stress Tests
When you have an EKG, small electrodes are placed on the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. These electrodes monitor the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG is a vital diagnostic tool which is useful to detect:
- Decreased blood flow to your heart muscle
- Abnormal changes or thickening of the heart muscle
- Abnormal changes in heart rhythm
- Any signs you have had a heart attack
When you undergo a cardiac stress test, you are hooked up to heart monitoring equipment. During the test, you walk on a treadmill at both a speed and incline that is gradually increasing. As your heart becomes stimulated to work harder, the equipment records your heart rate and blood pressure, which is then reviewed by your cardiologist.
However, sometimes walking on a treadmill is not possible, especially for people with arthritis or foot problems. In these cases, a nuclear stress test is recommended. A nuclear stress test uses medication to stimulate heart function instead of the treadmill, and it is useful to detect:
- Signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease
- Causes of chest pain or breathing problems
- The possibility of a future heart attack
- How much activity and exercise you can tolerate safely
Concerned About Your Heart Health? Give Us a Call
To learn more about cardiac testing and treatment, call Dr. Virginia Gonzalez at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, with offices in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA. Dial (318) 338-3540 now to protect your heart!