By carefully evaluating how your heart responds to exercise, we can gain important information about the health of your heart and in many cases, help you prevent serious heart disease. At Corrielus Cardiology, we proudly offer an expansive menu of cardiac testing services, which are all non-invasive and carried out using state-of-art technology and equipment. Dr. Corrielus is an experienced cardiologist who values an integrative approach to your cardiovascular care. By offering exercise stress testing to patients in Philadelphia, we can determine how much stress your heart can manage before developing either an arrhythmia or evidence of ischemia (poor blood flow to the heart).
During an exercise stress test, you will be asked to perform light exercise at varying levels of difficulty for a set period of time. This may include walking on a treadmill or pedaling on a stationary bike. Dr. Corrielus or a cardiac technician will evaluate and monitor several elements of your heart health throughout the procedure, including your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), and level of fatigue.
Why Do You Need an Exercise Stress Test?
The harder your body works, the more oxygenated blood it requires. An exercise stress test can tell us if if your heart is responding properly to the demands of physical exertion or if the blood supply is impaired due to narrowed arteries.
At Corrielus Cardiology, we may recommend an exercise stress test in the following situations:
- To diagnose coronary artery disease
- To diagnose a cause of heart-related symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness
- To determine a safe or appropriate level of exercise
- To confirm the effectiveness of a current treatment plan for coronary heart disease
- To predict heart attack risk
Contact us today to learn more about an exercise stress test and to determine if it would benefit you. Our Philadelphia wellness center is committed to providing superior patient care with the highest level of comfort and convenience.