CARDIAC STRESS TEST

Assessing your arteries

A treadmill exercise stress test is used to determine the effects of exercise on the heart. Exercise allows doctors to detect abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and diagnose the presence or absence of coronary artery disease.

This test involves walking in place on a treadmill while monitoring the electrical activity of your heart. Throughout the test, the speed and incline of the treadmill increase. The results show how well your heart responds to the stress of different levels of exercise.

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CARDIAC STRESS TEST

Tests commonly used to diagnose Coronary artery disease include:

  • Electrocardiogram: to identify problems with heart rhythm or signs of a heart attack

  • Treadmill testing: to measure how well the heart functions when challenged to work harder than normal (during exercise)

  • Nuclear perfusion imaging: to identify areas of the heart that are receiving less blood

  • Echocardiogram: to determine the volume of blood pumped by the heart. This test may be done during exercise or after the administration of medication to stimulate the heart

  • CT coronary angiography: to identify blockages in the arteries in the heart

  • Cardiac catheterization: to identify blocked or restricted arteries

KNOW YOUR HEART-HEALTH RISKS BY BOOKING YOUR CARDIOLOGY ASSESMENT

As elsewhere globally, heart disease and stroke are the primary causes of death in New Zealand. Survivors are frequently left disabled, with severe and significant changes to their own and their family’s quality of life.​

Cardiovascular disease is the most common type of heart concern. Coronary artery disease (CAD) restricts blood supply to your heart due to narrowed and inelastic coronary arteries, causing angina or cardiac arrest – a heart attack. Poor diet and exercise, other high-risk behaviours and genetics are frequently to blame. If you’re over the age of 35, don’t wait any longer; visit our practice for your cardiology assessment to understand your risk and make life-saving lifestyle changes.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CARDIAC AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

In New Zealand, one in every 20 adults suffers from heart disease, with one of us dying every 90 minutes. Sadly, most deaths from ischaemic heart disease are preventable when we address risks timeously and diligently. What causes cardiovascular disease, and what can you do about it?

  • Atherosclerosis: When cholesterol and plaque accumulate on the inner walls of our arteries, causing the passages to narrow and harden, doctors refer to this as atherosclerosis. The more restricted the artery, the less blood can get to your heart, starving your heart of vital oxygen. A sudden blockage can occur, stopping your heart, or damage can worsen over time, causing heart failure or abnormalities in your heartbeat.

  • Have regular check-ups: While heart disease can be inherited or a genetic risk factor and out of our hands, all of us can benefit from monitoring key health measurements. Be proactive and keep track of your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure and take better care of yourself.

  • Review lifestyle choices: Give up smoking, get active and eat healthy food to maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Should you suffer from other chronic conditions such as diabetes, ensure your illness is well-managed to lessen its impact on your cardiovascular well-being. Our mental health and stress levels are also known to impact our heart health. While avoiding stress in our demanding modern lives is likely not possible, take positive steps to reduce excessive pressure and increase rest, relaxation, and balance.

WHAT SETS US APART REGARDING MANAGEMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN NEW ZEALAND

Our 14 years of experience in cardiac assessment and treatment ideally positions us to offer you exceptional care through:

  • A focus on cutting-edge treatment: We stay informed of the most up-to-date information, equipment, techniques, and treatments to ensure you benefit from the best in thought-leadership, the latest research and technological advancement.

  • Our thorough yet conservative approach: Our evaluation of your complaint will be careful and comprehensive, and our recommendations equally carefully considered. We are proficient in state-of-the-art non-invasive procedures and comfortable with more complex requirements.

  • Convenient and cost-effective schedules: You won’t find long queues in our rooms and can expect prompt and professional attention, including the most cost-effective treatment plan.

Vasculature of the Heart

ABOUT SOUTH ISLAND HEART

We offer professional care based on trust and genuine relationships for optimal treatment outcomes and effective management of cardiovascular disease in NZ.

For your heart and your health’s sake, contact us today to make your appointment.