What is an Exercise Stress Test?
You will be asked to pedal on an exercise bicycle, slowly at first and then harder and faster while the doctor measures the activity of your heart with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and takes readings of your blood pressure. The test is to check the condition of your coronary arteries.
What is a Holter examination?
Seven self-sticking patches called electrodes, are placed on your chest. These are attached to a small portable Holter programmed to record every beat of your heart for 24 hours. The Holter is then removed and the resulting graph studied and evaluated by a cardiologist. The Holter is used to assess arrhythmias and angina complaints.
What information is gained through an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram gives us information about the heart, its mechanical function, the size of its cavities (atria, ventricles), and regarding possible fluid in the pericardium and valve disorders. The examination is painless.
Why is a 24-hour ABPM (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring) necessary?
The 24-hour ABPM gives the doctor a more complete picture of your blood pressure than he gains from the few measurements taken during the day. In addition, the night to dawn blood pressure values are important in the event a medication therapy needs setting up.
The device will be programmed to automatically measure your blood pressure every 30 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes during the night.
Why do blood pressure measurements differ in the two arms?
A 10 to 20 Hgmm difference between the two is normal. Our blood change constantly and, since we do not measure both arms at the same time, there is also a time difference between the two measurements.
What is shown by the Electrocardiogram (ECG)?
The ECG shows the electrical function of the heart providing information to the doctor about various arrhythmias, past heart attacks and pericardium problems. The examination is painless.