Stress Test

Stress Test Services in Upper West Side Manhattan, New York, NY

Stress Test services offered in Upper West Side Manhattan, New York, NY

A stress test is a valuable diagnostic tool physicians use to evaluate how well your heart functions during exercise. At Central Park West Primary Care and Cardiology Physicians on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, Haleh Milani MD, FACC, and the team may recommend stress testing to identify what’s causing your chest pain, reduced exercise tolerance, or irregular heart rhythm. The practice also focuses heavily on preventing cardiovascular disease and may recommend a stress test as part of a comprehensive exam. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book your next stress test online today.

Why would I need a stress test?

Your heart works much harder when exercising than when you’re resting. A cardiac stress test, also known as an exercise stress test, identifies how well your heart functions during physical activity.

Results obtained from a cardiac stress test can help your provider:

  • Determine the health of your coronary arteries
  • Gauge the effectiveness of current heart treatments
  • Identify how well your heart valves function
  • Make decisions about further cardiovascular screening
  • Clear you for surgery
  • Diagnose problems with your heart rhythm (arrhythmia)

Central Park West Primary Care and Cardiology Physicians may also recommend stress tests as part of a comprehensive heart attack and stroke prevention evaluation.

What happens during a cardiac stress test?

Your provider discusses the details of a stress test before scheduling the study. Generally, however, the exercise portion of a stress test lasts for 15-20 minutes.

Before you start exercising, a technician places small sticky electrodes on your chest, legs, and arms. Wires connect the electrodes to a nearby computer that records your heart’s rhythm and rate (electrical activity) throughout the study.

Your specialist also carefully monitors your blood pressure, respiratory rate, and other vital signs as you exercise on a stationary bike or treadmill. The goal is to reach a targeted heart rate that your provider calculates before you start the test.

If you’re unable to exercise, your doctor may administer a medication that mimics the effects of physical activity by causing your heart to work harder for a few minutes.

Are there different types of stress tests?

There are several different types of stress tests. Each gathers the same basic information regarding your heart function during physical activity, but those that include imaging offer more precise detail than others.

A stress echocardiogram, for instance, uses ultrasound technology to capture images of your heart before and immediately after a stress test.

This gives your provider a clearer picture of how your heart muscles and valves work. It also calculates how well blood flows through your arteries and heart chambers at rest and when the heart is stressed.

Other stress tests include advanced imaging studies such as a positron emission technology (PET) scan or CT scan to provide information about your heart health.

For more information about stress testing, call Central Park West Primary Care & Cardiology Physicians or book your visit online today.

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Frequently asked questions

A stress test, also known as a cardiac or exercise stress test, is used to evaluate your heart’s performance during physical activity. It helps to determine how your heart handles work, measuring its health and capacity.

You might need a stress test to:

  • Assess the health of your coronary arteries.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your current heart treatments.
  • Check how well your heart valves are functioning.
  • Make decisions about additional cardiovascular screenings.
  • Diagnose issues with your heart rhythm, such as arrhythmias.
  • Get cleared for surgery. Stress tests are also recommended for preventive measures against heart attack and stroke.

During a stress test:

  • Electrodes are attached to your chest, legs, and arms to monitor your heart.
  • You will exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike to reach a target heart rate determined by your provider.
  • Your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing are monitored.
  • If you cannot exercise, medication may be given to simulate the effects of exercise on your heart.

Yes, several types of stress tests exist:

  • Traditional stress test: Monitors your heart rate and rhythm.
  • Stress echocardiogram: Uses ultrasound images to view heart function before and after exercise.
  • Imaging stress tests: Such as PET scans or CT scans that provide detailed images of your heart’s structure and function during stress.

The exercise part of a stress test generally lasts between 15-20 minutes. The entire procedure, including preparation and cooldown, may take longer.

You can schedule a stress test by calling Central Park West Primary Care and Cardiology Physicians or booking an appointment online.

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    Monday:8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
    Tuesday:8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
    Wednesday:8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
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    Upper West Side at 72 St. Manhattan New York

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    Dr Milani is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia university Medical Center with a teaching appointment at Columbia / Cornell and Mount Sinai Hospitals in New York."
    She is the Founder of Central Park Physician and has been in private practice at this location for almost 20 years .
    On multiple Consecutive years she has earned numerous prestigious awards for her dedication to patient care and Quality.

    We are Included in the TOP New York Doctors and Castle Connolly ,in addition to the US World News .

    We continue to practice medicine in a compassionate, comprehensive manner prioritizing patient needs as our goal.

    Dr Milani lives in the Upper West side with her family and is at times seen at a local restaurant enjoying a meal or riding a bicycle through the park.

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