Stress Test Aftermath
By: Wendy Ray
(Cape Girardeau, MO)--The stress test is something most of us have heard of, it's a test that can tell you a lot about your body.
Cardiologist Dr. David Law says, "What stress tests do, they don't predict when you're going to die, they put you in a low, medium, or high risk category." Dr. Law says there's no magic number for when people should start getting stress tests. "When people have risk factors for heart disease or they're having chest pain, we'll walk them on a treadmill to see how the heart responds to the increase workload of stress or exercise," he says.
People over 40, especially those who are thinking about starting to exercise, should get a stress test to make sure their heart can handle it. If you have a family history of early coronary disease, or symptoms of heart problems, like chest pain or dizziness, you should get a stress test done.
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