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Stress Tests Overview
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Phone: 022-30610329
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Multi-tasking is a valuable asset in a fast-paced world. The bad news is the human mind and body are designed to absorb only moderate stress. Thus, when stress levels are consistently high, the cardio-vascular system is the first to take the fall.

While stretching itself to adjust to unnaturally high stress, the cardio-vascular system gets damaged and leaves individuals prone to hypertension, stroke and a range of other cardiac problems that could culminate in cardiac arrest. The damage is usually not perceptible, or ignored, and shows up only when crisis intervention is required.

Stress tests can detect the effects of stress and consequent damage to the cardio-vascular system in both mild as well as severe cases.

The incidence of cardiac disease has increased in recent times and this is reflected in the rise in the number of patients who take these diagnostic tests at our department .

1. TREADMILL TEST
What It Is : Popularly called a Treadmill Test, Exercise Test, Exercise Cardiac Stress Test, this diagnostic tool assesses how well the heart responds to increased ‘work’ or stress. The individual walks on a treadmill while he / she is hooked via electrodes to equipment that monitors the heart.

The test monitors heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and the electrical activity of the heart (via an electrocardiogram) and determines how quickly the heart grows tired. This is reflected in the blood supply to the heart and heart rhythm. A Stress Test is used to diagnose coronary heart disease, especially blockages in the blood vessels. More

Procedure : Apart from the treadmill itself, patients are also hooked to an electrocardiogram (ECG). The test is conducted in the presence of a cardiologist, with a defibrillator on standby. The test takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

Reports : Your report will be available shortly after the test concludes.

Appointments : Appointments may be taken over the phone or in person at our department, Monday to Saturday, during working hours. Kindly take an appointment 24 hours before you would like to take the test.

Dos and Don’ts : Kindly observe the following guidelines if you are scheduled for a Stress test.

* The test is usually conducted in the morning. Make sure you eat breakfast at least 2 hours before your test is scheduled.
* Take all your medications, if any.
* Bring all your medical reports and prescriptions for medications, if any.
* Patients must be accompanied by a relative.

2. ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG)
What It Is : The Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test that records your heart rate and rhythm while you are hooked to a set of electrodes connected to an electronic recording device. It records the heart rate by detecting and amplifying tiny electrical changes on the skin’s surface. These are caused by the heart muscle during each heart beat. More

Reports : Reports may be collected from the department 24 hours after your test, Monday to Saturday, during working hours.

Appointments : Patients need not take a prior appointment for this test.

Modern devices allow our vital signs to be closely monitored without interrupting our daily routines. These vital signs include the human heart rate and rhythm, pulse and blood pressure. Thus they provide valuable data that helps diagnose the presence or risk of cardiac disease, stroke and hypertension.

Designed for convenience, these devices allow continuous monitoring of vital signs and provide data that a one-time test in a clinical setting cannot yield.

3. AMBULATORY BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING (ABPM)
What It Is : This diagnostic test continuously measures blood pressure usually for a 24-hour period with a small portable device. The equipment consists of a soft cuff wrapped around the upper arm, which is connected by cable to a small device that can be clipped to a belt worn around the waist.

The test is called ‘ambulatory’ blood pressure monitoring as it allows your blood pressure to be recorded while you are ‘ambulatory’ or ‘on the move’. Since the device should not be taken off at night, the device also records your blood pressure at night. It is effective in diagnosing hypertension and end-organ damage. More

Procedure : The patient is fitted with the device and given a short list of dos and don’ts. Patients must return the next day (after 24 hours), when the device is removed. Data stored on the device is downloaded onto a computer and analysed by a cardiologist, who then prepares a report.

Reports : You may collect your report 48 hours after your test from the department, Monday to Saturday, during working hours.

Appointments : Appointments may be taken over the phone or in person at the department, Monday to Saturday, during working hours. Kindly take an appointment 24 hours before you would like to take the test.

4. HOLTER MONITORING
What It Is : The Holter Monitor gets its name from Dr Norman J Holter, who invented the device. This is a portable device that continuously records heart rate and rhythm over a 24-hour period or more and is conducted in individuals with blackouts, giddiness and palpitations.

Also called a portable ECG, this device includes a set of electrodes that is attached to the chest. These electrodes are connected by thin cables to a small device or recorder that may be clipped to a belt around the waist or worn around the neck. More

Procedure : The patient is fitted with the device and given a short list of dos and don’ts. Patients must return the next day (after 24 hours), when the device is removed. Data stored on the device is downloaded onto a computer and analysed by a cardiologist, who then prepares a report.

Patients need to take note of any unusual heart events they may experience during this time. This record is later correlated with the Holter recording and analysed by a cardiologist.

Reports : You may collect your report 48 hours after your test from the department, Monday to Saturday, during working hours,

Appointments : Appointments may be taken over the phone or in person at the department, Monday to Saturday, during working hours. Kindly take an appointment 24 hours before you would like to take the test.
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