When are EKGs and Stress Tests Used?
By Heart and Vascular Care, PA
October 29, 2019
Category: Vascular Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for one in every four deaths in the UnitedDoctor States every year, making it the leading cause of death for American adults. There are different types of heart disease and a number of factors that increase the risk of developing cardiac problems, from lifestyle and diet to family history and genetics. If you have an elevated risk for heart disease, stress tests and EKG help to monitor your heart. They're also a diagnostic tool for people exhibiting signs of a heart attack or cardiac disease. Our cardiologist Dr. Pradip Baiju and the cardiology team at Heart and Vascular Care, PA, offer vascular care and diagnostic testing across three convenient locations in Orlando, FL.

 

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A stress test lets your cardiologist see how your heart reacts to physical exertion and exercise. A stress test usually involves walking or jogging on a treadmill, or riding a stationary bike. Your breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored to get an idea of how hard your heart is working during physical activity in order to detect potential problems.

An EKG (electrocardiogram) is a diagnostic test that monitors the electrical signals in your heart to check your heart rhythm and identify any irregularities.

 

Types of Heart Disease

Heart disease covers a range of abnormalities and defects including:

  • Congenital heart disease (present from birth)
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Artery disease (weakened or blockage in the arteries that supply blood to the heart)
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Mitral valve problems

Other health problems like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are also risk factors for heart disease when left untreated.

 

Find a Cardiologist in Orlando, FL

For more information about cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment services, contact Heart and Vascular Care, PA by calling (407) 730-8970 to schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient Orlando locations.

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