Dr. Salem uses stress testing when he needs to understand how well your heart functions at various levels of activity. A stress test can show whether or not certain medications or treatment options are producing the expected results. They can also help to identify potential abnormalities in your heart’s rhythm as well as to identify positive results after a surgical procedure.
When Dr. Salem develops an effective treatment plan, he may use a stress test to determine where to start your exercise program. Performing a stress test provides Dr. Salem with accurate information when it comes to finding out just what your heart can endure comfortably without placing undue levels of stress.
Dr. Salem typically uses an exercise stress test. He hooks you up to an electrocardiogram so that he can monitor how your heart functions as your level of activity increases. He then asks you to walk on a treadmill or ride an exercise bike at different speeds so that he can evaluate your heart’s progress.
While you’re exercising, Dr. Salem monitors the information being relayed through the EKG as well as your vital signs. He asks you to push your limits to find out just how much your heart can withstand before you feel any adverse effects.
In most cases, stress testing is performed once a year at your annual checkup. An annual stress test can identify any changes that may have started to appear over the past year. Dr. Salem closely monitors the changes, offering any treatment options that may be necessary. If there are no notable changes, you won’t have to take another stress test until your next annual physical.
If Dr. Salem has had to alter your treatment plan dramatically, he may have you take another stress test in a few months to see if the treatment options he has included in your care plan are performing as they should.
As a courtesy to our patients, HFSCA is happy to file insurance claims on your behalf. We accept all major insurance carriers. If you do not have insurance, please contact our billing department to discuss alternative payment options. Our billing office, Schnecks, SC, can be reached at (920) 939-6058.