Ergometry (Stress Test) | Ochoa Hospital in Marbella

Ergometry (Stress Test)

Clínica Ochoa incluye las técnicas que son propias de esta especialidad, como el seguimiento de pacientes con marcapasos, consulta de arritmias o los chequeos carniovasculares, lo que permite a sus profesionales el estudio, prevención, diagnóstico y tratamiento de las enfermedades cardiovasculares.

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Ergometry (Stress Test)

Clinica Ochoa offers the possibility of performing  an ergometry or stress test, under the supervision of our cardiologists, which is an essential diagnostic technique mainly used for the diagnosis of angina in patients with chest pain and to assess the heart’s response to exercise.

Its use in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease is based on its ability to highlight cardiovascular abnormalities not present whilst the patient is at rest and which may occur with exercise, thus reproducing a controlled angina attack in a controlled environment to assist diagnosis.

Besides helping in the correct diagnosis, stress tests are useful to estimate a prognosis, the ability of the patient to exercise, and to evaluate the effect of treatment in patients with a known coronary disease.

The spectrum of cardiac diseases for which the stress test can be performed is increasing: hypertension, advanced heart failure, rhythm disturbances, congenital heart disease, etc. It can even be used in healthy individuals (patients without symptoms, athletes, disabled people …).

The test involves performing physical exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike, gradually increasing inintensity, according to a predetermined continuous procedure of electrocardiographic monitoring and the taking of regular blood pressure measurements.

The test typically takes 6-12 minutes.

It is therefore a test to be considered for patients with ischemic heart disease, and in the study of chest pain.