A stress test is an important diagnostic tool used by the team at Dr. Dmitry Gorelik because it’s the only way to determine how your heart functions while you exercise. Dmitry Gorelik, MD, offers stress tests in the office so you can quickly learn about your results and begin a customized treatment plan. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in West Orange, New Jersey, or book online today.
When you’re active, your heart works harder to pump more blood to your muscles. A stress test evaluates how well your heart performs during physical activity.
In addition to measuring how your heart responds to exercise, a stress test also reveals potential cardiac problems that don’t appear when you rest.
Dr. Gorelik recommends a stress test to determine the cause of symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, and an irregular or rapid heartbeat.
A stress test can help diagnose heart conditions and determine the severity of the underlying disease. The heart conditions often confirmed or evaluated during a stress test include:
You may also need a stress test to evaluate the effectiveness of your current heart treatment.
During a stress test, you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. Before starting your test, your provider places electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs and attaches them to an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine.
You start out slowly, and the team gradually increases the intensity of your exercise. Dr. Gorelik continuously monitors your heart’s electrical activity and your blood pressure.
The team at Dr. Dmitry Gorelik supervises your stress test, so you will receive immediate care if you develop chest pain or other symptoms. Exercise stress tests continue until you reach the targeted heart rate or you need to stop due to symptoms.
Dr. Gorelik may perform different types of stress tests, such as:
If you can’t tolerate exercise, Dr. Gorelik performs a stress test by injecting medications that increase your heart rate.
In this type of stress test, you have an echocardiogram before and after you exercise or have a medically induced procedure. Echocardiograms use ultrasound to take real-time images of your heart. Dr. Gorelik compares the before and after images to see the changes caused by exercise.
Before your stress test, Dr. Gorelik injects radioactive dye. Then he uses a special camera that shows the dye as it flows through your heart. The test reveals the areas of your heart that don’t get enough blood when you exercise.
To learn more about stress tests or schedule an appointment, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik or use the online booking feature today.