Stress Testing

Cardiology & Internal Medicine located in Merrillville , IN

Stress Testing services offered in Merrillville , IN

A cardiac stress test determines how well your heart responds to intense physical activity. At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare in Merrillville, Indiana, double board-certified internal medicine physician and cardiologist Stephanie Marshall, DO, FACOI, FACC, and her team offer onsite stress tests to adults. Undergoing a stress test can provide important insights into your heart and general well-being. Call the office to request a stress test or book online today.

What is a stress test?

A stress test assesses how well your heart muscle functions under duress. During the test, you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. Dr. Marshall attaches several electrodes to your skin and monitors various factors, including:

  • How well your heart pumps blood
  • Whether your heart has an adequate blood supply
  • If symptoms like lightheadedness or chest pain occur during exercise
  • How well you can exercise compared to people of the same age and sex

After you complete the test, Dr. Marshall analyzes your results. Then, she uses that information to make a diagnosis and develop a custom treatment plan.

What happens during a stress test?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, the team conducts stress tests onsite. 

Before the test begins, you change into comfortable workout clothes, like athletic shorts and a t-shirt. Then, Dr. Marshall attaches the electrodes to your skin. You also place a plastic mask over your mouth and nose that monitors your respiratory rate.

Then, Dr. Marshall asks you to walk or cycle at a specific speed. As the test continues, she asks you to change your pace. As you do, Dr. Marshall monitors different vital signs, including your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels, and the electrical activity of your heart.

What types of heart conditions can a stress test diagnose?

At Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, Dr. Marshall and the team use stress tests to diagnose various heart conditions, including:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve disease

You might also need to undergo routine stress testing if you operate planes or commercial vehicles for work.

How long does a stress test take?

A basic stress test typically takes between 15-20 minutes*, but it may take longer depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing and your medical history. If Dr. Marshall thinks you might benefit from additional tests, like echocardiography or nuclear imaging, she might ask you to stick around longer. 

Is stress testing safe?

Cardiac stress testing is safe and usually well-tolerated. There’s a trained cardiologist and an exercise physiologist watching you at all times. If you feel lightheaded or dizzy at any time during the test, stop what you’re doing and let Dr. Marshall know. 

We now perform stress tests in our office.

To schedule a stress test at Queen Of Hearts Cardiovascular & Family Healthcare, call the office or book online today.