What is Cardiac Stress Test?

Category: Procedures


A cardiac stress test is used to evaluate the heart and vascular system during exercise. It assesses if signs or symptoms of heart disease become apparent when the heart is stressed and if underlying heart disease is evident, help to determine the severity so treatment options can be considered.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chest pain 11 1
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 8 1
Premature ventricular contractions 4 1
Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) 1 0
Angina pectoris 1 0

Show all 22 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cardiac Stress Test

Side effect Patients
Shortness of breath with exertion 2
Breathlessness 1
Chest pain 1
Heart palpitations 1
Muscle pain in legs 1
Pain 1

Show all 13 reported side effects


Based on patients currently having Cardiac Stress Test

Dosage Patients
as needed 1
yearly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 5
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1 patient evaluation for Cardiac Stress Test

Jun 15, 2009 (Started Jun 15, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for premature ventricular contractions)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for racing heart feeling)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for supraventricular tachycardia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for upper chest pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tachycardia (fast heart rate), passed out, Adverse reaction to Cardiolite, heart palpitations, chest pain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: This was a resting stress test because I am wheelchair dependent. A different medication was used the next day after I recovered from the adverse reaction to the cardiolite.

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