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Stress tests (sometimes called heart stress tests, treadmill stress tests, or exercise stress tests) show how exercise affects your heart. They measure how much exercise your heart can handle before it becomes a problem.
Take our heart health assessment to better understand your risk of heart disease. Find a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals cardiologist or cardiac surgeon with our online tool or call (702) 616-4900 to find out more about stress tests in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Stress tests help diagnose and monitor:
A technician, nurse, or doctor will perform your stress test in Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican's San Martin or Siena Campus or a clinic. The health care provider will attach painless electrodes to your legs, arms, and chest. You’ll also have a blood pressure cuff on your arm.
There are three types of stress tests:
As you exercise, tell your provider if you experience symptoms such as chest pain. You can stop the test if you feel the exercise is too much. The exercise part of the stress test lasts about 15 minutes. With preparation and monitoring afterwards, the entire test takes about an hour. Imaging adds more time.
Possible complications and risks include irregular heartbeats and low blood pressure that usually go away with rest. You may feel jittery until the dobutamine wears off, if used. There is a very small — one in 5,000 — chance of heart attack. You will be monitored closely and the staff will respond to any problems.
A cardiologist will tell you the results of your test. Possible outcomes include:
Your doctor may recommend more diagnostic procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, to look inside your heart. Depending on the results, angioplasty or heart bypass surgery may be necessary to treat certain heart conditions.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican's San Martin and Siena hospitals offer several types of stress tests in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, to help our cardiologists identify and treat cardiology conditions.