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Why do I need an exercise stress test?

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Your doctor uses the test to:

  • Decide if symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations result from a problem with your heart
  • See if you get enough blood flow to your heart as you become more active
  • Learn how your heart medications are working
  • Figure out if you might have coronary heart disease and need more testing
  • Identify abnormal heart rhythms
  • See how well your heart valves are working
  • Help you develop a safe exercise program

From: Heart Disease and Stress Tests WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on September 20, 2016

SOURCE: 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on September 20, 2016

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