Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Uses and Shortcomings of Stress Tests for the Diagnosis of Heart Disease

The blood flow through the blocked heart arteries- while adequate at rest- may not be able to keep up with the demands of a stressed heart. This can show up on the pictures of the heart taken after stress. This is the principle behind all the stress tests.
There are different kinds of stress tests. Which stress test is the best for you? It depends on several different factors. I have explained different stress tests here:
- Exercise treadmill test or stress test
- Exercise nuclear scan or nuclear stress test or Cardiolyte stress test
- Adenosine nuclear stress test
- Dobutamine nuclear stress test
- Exercise stress echo or echocardiogram
- Dobutamine stress echo

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