What is a Heart Stress Test?

Dr. Peter House, MD, discusses heart stress tests.

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Dr. Peter House, MD, discusses heart stress tests.
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Featuring Dr. Peter House, MD

Duration: 1 minute

Stress testing can be a useful tool to screen for cardiovascular disease.

I think it's much better to push an individual in a treadmill test in a supervised environment rather than find out what happens when they go up that steep hill on their bicycle, or if they get on a hockey rink and give it their all.

A heart stress test is certainly a way to to find out if there is significant cardiovascular disease. And it's a way to determine the risk and to prevent the problem before it happens.

If you have questions about cardiovascular disease symptoms, contact a local cardiologist or family physician.

Presenter: Dr. Peter House, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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A stress test is also called an electrocardiogram.


A stress test is done in order to evaluate the hearts level of fitness and to determine if there are any underlying problems with the heart.


A stress test is meant to measure the heart rate and the rhythm of the heart while under stress.


A stress test is only for patients who have had a heart attack.


A stress test can determine whether there is damage to the heart muscle, signs of a heart attack and other abnormalities.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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