What are the guidelines for a stress test?

What are the guidelines for a stress test?

What are the guidelines for a stress test?

You may be asked not to eat, drink or smoke for a period of time before a stress test. You may need to avoid caffeine the day before and the day of the test. Ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to continue taking all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications before the test.

What are the indications for stress ECG?

The most common indications are as follows:

  • Assessment of cardiovascular risk in screening.
  • Detection of coronary artery disease (ischemic heart disease).
  • Evaluation of coronary artery disease.
  • Assessment of therapeutic response.
  • Assessment of perioperative risk for noncardiac surgery.
  • Exercise prescription.

What are the contraindications for ECG stress testing?

Absolute contraindications to cardiac stress testing include acute myocardial infarction (including the presence of new left bundle branch block [LBBB]), high risk unstable angina, symptomatic severe aortic stenosis, uncontrolled arrhythmia causing symptoms or haemodynamic instability, unstable heart failure, acute …

What is a positive stress test?

Positive or abnormal: Doctors may conclude the stress test is positive for cardiac ischemia—meaning the heart muscle wasn’t getting adequate oxygenated blood during the stress. There are certain ECG and imaging changes that would support this conclusion. There are also clinical findings that could support it.

What is Bruce protocol for stress testing?

The Bruce protocol is a standard test in cardiology and is comprised of multiple exercise stages of three minutes each. At each stage, the gradient and speed of the treadmill are elevated to increase work output, called METS. Stage 1 of the Bruce protocol is performed at 1.7 miles per hour and a 10% gradient.

When should a stress test be stopped?

You may need to stop sooner if you develop symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue. The test may also be stopped if the EKG shows a problem with your heart. After the test, you’ll be monitored for 10–15 minutes or until your heart rate returns to normal.