Admittedly, the name stress test doesn’t inspire confidence. And while the goal of this test is to see what happens when your heart muscle is under stress, the whole procedure doesn’t have to make your mind feel stressed too.
There are many reasons why a person may feel stressed by an upcoming diagnostic test. First and foremost, if you’re feeling nervous feel free to ask questions so you can clearly understand what you’re getting yourself into. Otherwise, here are the top three reasons that you should not stress over your upcoming assessment.

1. It’s Always Best To Be Informed
Many people go into a test like this already feeling nervous because they’re worried about what the test will find. We understand this concern, and it may feel like it’s easier to ignore your ailments that it is to confront them. However, we believe that it is always best to be well-informed about your health so that you and your physician can make the right choices about your care.

2. It Won’t Be As Hard As You Think
The purpose of this test is to bring your heart rate up high enough so that technicians can run tests and see how your heart muscles are working. If you’re unable to move on a treadmill for any extended period of time you can partake in a Nuclear Stress Test instead. This version of the test chemically stresses your test so that the technician can get the same results without the patient having to undergo the same amount of exercise.

3. It Won’t Last Forever
Your cardiologist will suggest to you that you block off a significant part of your day for your stress test. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be running on a treadmill for hours on end. The exercise portion of your test can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. So, you may be uncomfortable, but you can relax a bit knowing that your discomfort will be limited.

Patients come to the stress test at all different points in their heart health journey. In many cases at high-stress times when your cardiac health is being tested. Remember that this assessment is a tool to help determine the best course of action and for that reason need not be feared. If you have questions about an upcoming test, or if you think it’s time to begin your own cardiac care, give us a call today.