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Stress Test

Old fashioned blood pressure machine

Have you have noticed that unanticipated physical exertion, of any kind, sends your heart racing, and leaves you dangerously out of breath? While painful and physically uncomfortable, this kind of uncontrollable bodily response is often as damaging to our ego as it is to our body. We all fight to stay in shape, exercising regularly (well, sometimes), and eating well (well, not as bad as we may have really wanted to). But sometimes life catches up, regardless of how many times you’ve said no to cake, or how many times you opted for the stairs instead of the elevator.

But when it comes to your health, pride should never be the prejudice that keeps you from seeing your doctor about increasingly challenging reactions from your body to physical exercise. So you have wisely made an appointment at Southeastern Primary Care Specialists to see your favorite Physician. And they recommend a stress test.

Don’t panic! While a Cardiac Stress Test is one of the most interactive and physical of the tests offered at Southeastern Primary Care Specialists, it is also one of the most important, and can even save your life! So a simulated few minutes of discomfort is no doubt well worth it, especially

During the performance of the test, your heart rate, blood pressure, and electronic pulsing of your heart will be monitored continually though out the test. Doing this inside a medical facility, observed by a specialist, means that your Primary Care Physicians can see, directly, what increases in physical exercise may lead you to have conditions of Angina, which is basically the heart telling you it cannot continue your present workload with your present supply of oxygen. By creating a controlled environment for exercise observation, your heart’s reaction to increases in stress can reveal coronary problems, or plaque buildup, that cannot be seen clearly when your body is at rest. Don’t hesitate! Contact Southeastern Primary Care Specialists today and talk to your physician about scheduling a stress test.


If you have already been scheduled for a stress test, avoid eating, drinking, or smoking three hours before the test. Wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for exercise, including comfortable walking shoes. This test should last approximately 30 minutes. I understand the purpose, risks and benefits of the exercise stress test. I also understand the alternatives, including not having the test and the consequences of those alternatives. I consent to participate freely to this test. If at any time during the test I have discomfort or pain, I understand that it is my responsibility to inform the testing technician in charge immediately and I will do so.