Cardiac Stress Test Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Cardiac Stress Test complications.

Cardiac Stress Test Risk Factors

Alternate Names for Cardiac Stress Test:
Exercise stress test
Exercise tolerance test
Stress test

Possible Complications

A cardiac stress test presents minimal risk. Complications can include:

  • Developing chest pain
  • Developing an irregular heart rhythm
  • Having a heart attack (extremely rare)

Technicians are alert for any signs of heart or lung problems. They are prepared to take immediate action if complications develop. A doctor (usually a cardiologist) will be readily available during the stress test as well.


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