It Can Tell You What’s Happening In Your Heart Right Now
The very best this test can do is show your cardiologist exactly what is happening in your heart right at the moment of the test. This includes diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease which occurs when there is plaque buildup in arteries restricting blood flow and arrhythmias, which are irregular heart rhythms. The test can also be used to assist your cardiologist in establishing a treatment plan for an already diagnosed condition.
It Cannot Tell You The Future
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is measured by how congested the arteries have become. Severe CAD refers to arteries that are more than 70% blocked with plaque, but blockages of less than 50% are considered mild cases that can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes. What a stress test cannot do for those patients who have much milder degrees of disease, is tell your cardiac future. It may show your risk as lower than those with a more advanced form of the disease, but again this test can only tell what’s occurring presently.
The stress test is a powerful diagnostic tool, but it isn’t a fortune teller. It can accurately diagnose what is happening in your heart when it comes under normal levels of stress, but it can’t tell you what to expect from it in the future. For more information about stress testing or if you have concerns about the health of your heart, contact us today.