What is exercise test?

An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. It provides an overall look at the health of your heart. See also: Stress echocardiography Thallium stress test

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Exercise isn't a new idea. Records of people exercising go back to 1100 B.C., when the Greeks competed in the javelin throw, distance running, archery, and boxing. Hippocrates (460 B.C.-377 B.C.), the father of medicine, wrote that "eating alone will not keep a man well, he must also take exercise." Milo of Croton, in 6 B.C., discovered the Principle of Progressive Overload, in which he carried a calf every day on his shoulders and as it grew into a bull and got heavier, he got stronger (just like adding heavier dumbbells).

Exercise Stress Test - American Heart Association

A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder ...

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Cardiac stress test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stress and potential cardiac damage from exercise during the test is a problem .... "ACC / AHA 2002 guideline update for exercise testing: summary articleA ...

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Guidelines for Clinical Exercise Testing Laboratories : A ...

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Exercise Stress Test on MedicineNet.com

Mar 18, 2011 ... Stress Test is used to determine how heart responds to stress and heart disease on MedicineNet.com.

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Exercise Stress Test

Cleveland Clinic Heart Center offers a full range of diagnostic testing, including the graded exercise test.

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Exercise Stress Test - Texas Heart Institute Heart Information Center

An exercise stress test helps doctors diagnose coronary artery disease by showing how the heart performs during exercise.

Exercise-Induced Asthma

Exercise-induced asthma (AZ-muh) is also called EIA. EIA is a narrowing of the airways (tubes that bring air to your lungs) caused by heavy exercise. Heavy exercise causes you to breathe fast, deep and heavy. This type of breathing quickly cools and dries out the airways leading to your lungs. For some people, cooling and drying of the airways may cause bronchospasm (BRONG-koh-spazm). During bronchospasm, smooth muscles tighten like rubber bands around your airways. This tightening makes the airways too narrow and makes it hard to breathe. EIA is sometimes called exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).

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Flu test

To determine whether or not you have the influenza A or B, to help your doctor make rapid treatment decisions, and to help determine whether or not the flu has come to your community

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ACC/AHA 2002 Guideline Update for Exercise Testing

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Stress test
A stress test, also called an exercise stress test, is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster than it does during most daily activities, an exercise stress test can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.

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Lactic acid test
Lactic acid is mainly produced in muscle cells and red blood cells. It forms when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy during times of low oxygen levels. Your body's oxygen level might drop during intense exercise or if you have an infection or disease. A test can be done to measure the amount of lactic acid in the blood.

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There is always a risk of injury from exercise, particularly from strenuous activity that puts excessive pressure on the joints and muscles. If you want to start exercising, but you either have not done it before, or you have not exercised for a long time, you should talk to your GP about your fitness before starting any kind of exercise programme. This is particularly important if...

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Physical activity
Physical activity is any activity that causes your body to work harder than normal. It describes activities that are beyond your daily routine of sitting, standing, and walking up stairs. Everyone can benefit from increased physical activity.

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Nuclear stress test
A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It's performed similar to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.

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Nitric oxide test
Check ahead to see whether nitric oxide testing is covered by your insurance. Many insurance policies don't cover it. Don't eat or drink anything and avoid exercise for at least an hour before you take the test.

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Thallium stress test
This test is done at a medical center. The test is done in two parts:Part 1: You will walk on a treadmill or be given a medicine called a vasodilator to increase your heart rate. You will be given the drug if your doctor does not think exercise is safe for you or if you have joint problems that may make doing so difficult., Part 2: The health care provider will inject a radioactive substance into one of your veins and then take pictures of your heart.

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Bilirubin Test
Normal results for a typical bilirubin test are 0.1 to 1 milligram per deciliter (mg/dL) of total bilirubin (direct plus indirect) and 0 to 0.3 mg/dL for direct. Indirect bilirubin is usually measured by subtracting direct bilirubin from total bilirubin. These results may vary slightly from laboratory to laboratory but are typical for adult men. Normal results may be slightly different for women and children, and results may be affected by certain foods, medications or strenuous exercise. Be sure to tell your doctor about any foods or medications you've taken and your activity levels so that your results can be interpreted correctly.

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Glucose tolerance test
Factors that may affect the test results:Acute stress (for example, from surgery or an infection), Vigorous exercise, Beta-blockers (for example, propranolol), Certain psychiatric medications, Corticosteroids (for example, prednisone), Oral contraceptives (birth control pills), Thiazide diuretics (for example, hydrochlorothiazide)

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CPK isoenzymes test
Factors that can affect test results include cardiac catheterization, intramuscular injections, recent surgery, and vigorous and prolonged exercise or immobilization.

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Muscle atrophy
An exercise program (under the direction of a therapist or doctor) is recommended. This may include exercises in water to reduce the muscle workload, and other types of rehabilitation.

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