Stress Tests

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Stress Tests

HHC offers its patients comprehensive cardiology clinic services and advanced diagnostic imaging services. We are able to manage your entire cardiovascular care from the convenience of your own community.

Stress testing provides information about how your heart works during physical stress. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast.

During stress testing, you exercise (walk on a treadmill) to make your heart work hard and beat fast. Tests are done on your heart while you exercise.

A stress test can detect the following problems, which may suggest that your heart isn’t getting enough blood during exercise:

  • Abnormal changes in your heart rate or blood pressure
  • Symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain, especially if they occur at low levels of exercise
  • Abnormal changes in your heart’s rhythm or electrical activity

An echocardiogram can be used as part of a stress test and with an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) to help your doctor learn more about your heart.