What You Should Know about EKGs and Stress Tests
By Virginia Y. Gonzalez
February 20, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: EKGs   Stress Tests  

Stress tests and EKGs are heart tests that could aid your cardiologist in checking how well or not your heart is functioning. An electrocardiogram or EKG measures the activity of your heart, while a stress test measures how your heart manages stress.

These heart tests help your cardiologist here at Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, in West Monroe, LA, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez, better assess your heart’s function to devise a treatment plan that will suit your particular needs.

What is a Stress Test?

A stress test, also known as an exercise test or treadmill test, helps your cardiologist find out how capable your heart is under stress. During the test, you’ll be hooked up with an EKG as you jog or walk on the treadmill. During testing, your body will naturally work harder and will need more oxygen, which means that your heart should pump out more blood. Essentially, the test will indicate if blood flow is decreased in your arteries that provide blood to your heart. Likewise, it will help your cardiologist determine the most suitable level of physical activity for you.

What is an EKG?

An EKG or ECG refers to an electrocardiogram, which is a heart test for measuring your heartbeat’s electrical activity. With every beat, a wave or electrical impulse travels through your heart and triggers it to pump blood from your heart. If you have a normal heartbeat, the EKG will display the timing of your heart’s lower and top chambers.

An EKG provides two main types of information about your heartbeat’s electrical activity. First, by calculating the time intervals, your cardiologist can figure out how long the wave takes when passing through your heat. In turn, this will show if your heartbeat’s electrical activity is slow, normal, irregular, or fast. Second, by calculating how much electrical activity passes through your heart, your cardiologist can see if some parts of your heart are overworked or too big.

Who Should Have a Stress Test and EKG?

Depending on your specific symptoms, our cardiologist, Dr. Virginia Gonzalez, may recommend that you undergo a stress test and an EKG here at our clinic in West Monroe, LA. For example, your cardiologist may recommend that undergo a stress test and EKG if you’re showing signs of heart disease including shortness of breath, chest pain, heavy heartbeat, or irregular heartbeat.

You may likewise have to do the tests if you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, or other underlying health risks. Additionally, your cardiologist may also recommend these heart tests prior to starting a new exercise regimen if you have an increased risk of developing heart disease.

Feel Like You Need an EKG or Stress Test?

Contact Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, APMC, West Monroe, LA, at (318) 338-3540 for more information. Dr. Virginia Gonzalez will evaluate your specific symptoms and determine your eligibility for these heart tests.