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    echo stress test
    Anon_181627 posted:
    next thursday i am having an echo stress test where i get on a tredmill reason for the test is i have been very tired and winded bp all over the place 2 years ago i had a chemically induced stress test and it was terrible i felt awfull for along time after so i will never do that again it was horrendous
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    What's nice about a stress-echocardiogram (ultrasound), is that it may/can reveal problems (such as in the heart chambers or valves) only when the heart is put under a load, and off course, compare the difference in heart function (includes wall motion) at rest and stress.

    "Had a chemically induced stress test and it was terrible. I felt awfull for along time after, so I will never do that again. It was horrendous".

    Unfortunately, stressor chemicals/drugs commonly used in heart tests, such as dobutamine, persantine, or adenosine, can cause side effects/adverse reactions, which includes, but is not limited to, anxiety, dizziness, flushing, headache, nausea, panic, and shakiness.

    Symptoms that may indicate a serious problem during a stress test include chest and/or arm pain, certain arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) or dyspnea (shortness of breath). Rarely, a patient may have a heart attack.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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