(HealthDay News) -- A cardiac stress test is designed to measure how well your heart is able to perform when it is under physical stress. It also is used to help diagnose heart problems.
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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute lists these reasons why you may need a stress test:
- You have experienced symptoms of reduced blood flow to the heart, including shortness of breath or chest pains.
- You need to diagnose heart problems, such as coronary artery disease or a problem with a heart valve.
- You need to know whether your heart is strong enough to start exercising after a heart attack or a diagnosis of coronary heart disease.
- You need to see how well treatments such as coronary artery bypass grafting or angioplasty have worked at relieving your symptoms.
- You have arrhythmia symptoms during exercise, including a fluttering sensation in the chest, irregular heartbeat or feeling faint.
- You have shortness of breath without chest pain during exercise.
-- Diana Kohnle
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