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A regular stress test is for the younger population who can walk on a treadmill. Test takes about 15-20 min. The test is a painless, non-invasive test (no needles or cutting skin). This test measures electrical (EKG/ECG) changes to your heart during stress (like exercise). The results of this test help your doctor diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD).
Nuclear Stress Test
This test is for patients who require more in depth stress testing and also for patients who cannot walk on a treadmill due to any reason. A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication. The test provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and damaged heart muscle. The test usually involves taking two sets of images of your heart — one while you're at rest and another after your heart is stressed, either by exercise or medication. You may be given a nuclear stress test, which involves injecting a radioactive dye into your bloodstream, if your doctor suspects you have coronary artery disease or if a routine stress test didn't pinpoint the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A nuclear stress test may also be used to guide your treatment if you've been diagnosed with a heart condition.
This test records your heart beat for 24 hours which is then analyzed to see if you are having any heart rhythm abnormalities.
This test is done by doing ultra sound of your heart to detect congestive heart failure, various murmurs, or valvular abnormalities of the heart.