Whether you are 15 or 95 the stress test will show doctors how well your heart is operating.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the stress test is conducted by increasing your heart rate to reveal problems with blood flow within your heart.

A stress test can be administered as a walking test on a treadmill or through the use of a radioactive dye (nuclear stress test).  Often times, patients may start out with a treadmill test and may be required to be administered a nuclear stress test if they are unable to meet the parameters of the treadmill test due to pain or deconditioning.

Depending on the results of the stress test, patients can avoid taking medication for blood pressure or a heart condition by working on training and conditioning as a part of a physical therapy program. 

Our patient Mary came into physical therapy following a trip and fall incident with complaints of a right shoulder injury and a left knee injury.  During her course of treatment, Mary was prescribed a stress test by her cardiologist.  She was determined to take and complete the treadmill stress test without stopping and requiring the use of chemicals to perform the nuclear stress test.

Mary sought out Physical Therapist Bill Morey’s guidance in creating an exercise program to get her leg strength back to enable her to begin walking on the treadmill to prepare for her stress test.

After several weeks of persevering in physical therapy, Mary took the stress test and was able to meet the parameters of the treadmill test without experiencing pain.  Therefore, attending physical therapy can help resolve pain, get you moving, and avoid requirements for long term medication.

A physical therapist can provide you guidance and assistance in meeting your goals, whether it’s preparing for a stress test, avoiding medication, or simply playing with your kid’s pain-free.

If you are in need of guidance regarding an injury or, as in Mary’s case, preparing for an upcoming physical test, call ProAction Physical Therapy at (267) 263-2737.