A stress test, sometimes called a chemical or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
Types of stress tests offered:
- Non-nuclear treadmill stress test
- Nuclear treadmill stress test
- Lexiscan (non-nuclear, chemical) stress test
- Echocardiogram stress test