How your cardiologist in Grand Rapids, MI, can help protect your heart
A stress test and electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG, are important tools to diagnose a variety of heart problems, including heart disease. They are a quick, easy, and non-invasive way to diagnose changes in your heart muscle, heart rhythm, and critical heart functions. Dr. Ronald L. VanderLaan at Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI, offers a wide range of services to help protect your heart.
If your cardiologist orders a stress test, you will be hooked up to equipment which can monitor your heart. You begin walking slowly on a treadmill, increasing your pace gradually. The treadmill will also be placed at an incline to further stimulate your heart. Your blood pressure and heart rate are recorded at various points during the test.
If you have arthritis, foot problems, or other issues which interfere with walking, your cardiologist may recommend a nuclear stress test. This test involves taking medication which stimulates your heart just like walking on a treadmill.
The American Heart Association recommends a stress test to:
- Diagnose coronary artery disease
- Diagnose causes of chest pain or breathing problems
- Predict the possibility of a future heart attack
- Determine how much activity you can do safely
An EKG is another common test that may be ordered to check for signs of heart disease. Small electrodes are attached to the skin on your arms, legs, and chest. The EKG monitors the electrical activity of your heart and is used to check for:
- Abnormal changes in heart rhythm
- Decreased blood flow to your heart muscle
- Thickened heart muscle and other abnormal changes
- Signs of a heart attack
Stress tests and EKGs are completely painless, non-invasive, fast, and easy, and they can save your life. Don’t take chances about the health of your heart. Your cardiologist can help protect your heart. To find out more about cardiology services, call Dr. Ronald L. VanderLaan at Grand Rapids Cardiology in Grand Rapids, MI, today!