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Cardiac Stress Tests

If you have symptoms of this disease, or are at risk for developing it, your healthcare provider may order a coronary stress test. Risk factors for coronary artery disease include increased age, family history of heart disease, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, poor diet and decreased physical activity. The more risk factors you have, the greater chance you have of developing heart disease. A cardiac stress test evaluates how well your heart is working by determining how well blood flows through the coronary arteries when your heart is “stressed.” It is easier to see the effects of heart disease when your heart is “stressed,” which means when your heart beats faster and works harder.

Watch this video and learn what to expect before, during, and after this procedure.  

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