“This is one of the most basic and important screening tests for heart disease,” Jenny Hargrove, M.D. said in a press release. “People who will benefit from exercise treadmill testing are those with chest pain of unknown etiology or someone who has risk factors for heart disease such as family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking.”
An exercise stress test helps doctors find out how well the heart handles work. Similar to an ECG (electrocardiogram), leads are hooked up to the chest for monitoring while a person walks on a treadmill. The pace increases gradually while the doctor monitors the electrical tracing of the heart. Monitoring occurs during and for a brief rest period after the test to evaluate for changes that are associated with heart disease.
Hargrove explained that the stress test can also be used to evaluate shortness of breath and lightheadedness that may be related to heart disease and is used to stratify the risk of heart disease.
“In addition, most executive level physicals include an exercise stress test,” she said. “We can now do this test locally.”
The ability to do the test at TMC reduces the carbon footprint of individuals who drive out of town for this test, Hargrove said, who has referred patients to Montrose for the test after seeing them in the emergency room. Any physician can order the stress test at TMC for patients.
The GE CASE exercise stress testing equipment was generously donated to the Telluride Medical Center by the Telluride Medical Capital Fund, which is part of the Telluride Foundation.
Call the Telluride Medical Center at 970/728-3848 for information or to make an appointment.