Reasons for Chemical Stress Test

When your doctor informs you that you need the Chemical Stress Test procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Chemical Stress Test is Performed




Reasons for Test

A chemical stress test is used when a traditional stress test (called a cardiac stress test) cannot be done. A cardiac stress test requires you to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bicycle until your heart rate reaches a level where your heart is "stressed." You may not be able to participate in this test if you have certain conditions, such as:

  • Stroke

In this case, a chemical stress test is used. This test is often used to help your doctor:

  • Determine if you have a heart condition causing your chest pain
  • Determine if arteries to the heart have blockages or narrowing ( coronary artery disease [CAD])
  • Identify an irregular heart rhythm
  • Monitor the heart's response to treatment or procedures
  • Plan rehabilitation after a heart attack


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