Why is Cardiac Stress Testing important

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that is performed on the heart.

A stress test is an assessment of someone’s physiological or aerobic reserve, and a fairly good assessment of a person’s hemodynamic and circulatory response to exercise. The most common algorithm that’s used on a treadmill is something called the BRUCE protocol. The test assesses your fitness level, the health of the circulatory system, and looks for problems with plugged arteries or atherosclerosis.

The treadmill examination actually doesn’t allow healthcare providers to look at the arteries themselves; but infers a problem with the arteries. Because of this limitation, treadmill examinations can be wrong, and there is up to a one-third chance of a false positive. These tests are performed by Dr Graham Wong is a board member of healthchoicesfirst