Foo - Stress Test
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05-07-08, 03:48 PM
So, I have a stress test scheduled for Friday morning.
Somethig about inverted T-waves...which tells me nothing.
Was wondering if a good hard workout tonight is going to mess with the stress test on Friday.
I think we have several medical types that come in Foo from time to time, so I'm asking in here.
Is it a problem to ride like a banshee tonight?
05-08-08, 07:04 AM
Probably not unless the reason for stress test is that you have a problem that could cause you to die. I had one last year which included an echo cardiogram and I road hard the day before, I mean the purpose of the test is to make your heart fail, right?
05-08-08, 08:23 AM
I'm not a doctor, but I've had so many stress tests over the years that I can't even remember them all (due to a chronic condition I've had for years). If it was me, I wouldn't ride hard or long the night before. It's not that it will affect any of the numbers on test (although after a hard ride and into the next day, your heart rate might be a bit faster than it would otherwise), but just that you really want to be on fresh legs when you do that. You want the very best "performance" you can give it. Whatever the heart condition you are being tested for, at the stress test, you really want to go all out so it can be properly tested under stress (and under medical supervision). That's the whole point of it.
05-08-08, 10:30 AM
The echocardiogram stress test I went through involved people looking at (and recording) my heart with ultrasound imaging while occasionally injecting stuff to make my heart do different things. Other than my heart, the only exercise involved was rolling over on the bed so that they could look from different angles.
05-08-08, 10:53 AM
I had to do a stress test for blood gas when part of my lung was removed.
When they say the Heparin "may cause a slight burning sensation", picture sticking your arm inch by inch into a blast furnace. "Don't flinch" they'll say.
Having a very large needle stuck into an artery is not only very painful, but very freaky and takes a good bit of trust in your technician.
If the needle happens to kink because the technician didn't secure it well enough for the treadmill test...the results are invalid, but you still have to pay for the room full of people to "do their jobs".
05-08-08, 11:21 AM
Mine, had me on a treadmill until I was puking. Much harder than most of my rides
05-08-08, 11:32 AM
Chuck Norris' annual stress test involves place his testicles in a hydraulic press. Chuck usually passes with flying colors when the press self destructs in a flurry of sparks, arcing electricity, and billowing smoke while accompanied by a cacophony of grinding noises leaving his balls of steel unscathed except for the one time in 1980...
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