The stress test is a test that determines the cardiological health status of an individual, whether athlete or not. By placing electrodes divided by the chest, we study the potential heart physical capacity and the level of training of the patient and their corresponding possibilities in the face of competition. These electrodes record the heartbeat or pulse, performing continuously EKG.
The test is performed on a treadmill, that increases your speed gradually until the resistance of the subject reaches the maximum. It is worth mentioning that prior to the stress test will be performed to the patient a physical examination and assess their clinical history to see if there was above diseases, eating habits, etc..
Evaluation of the stress test
With the realization of the stress test level is assessed cardiovascular adaptation to exercise. Using a mask also measures the oxygen that the patient takes, while the pulse is determined by the‘ thresholds&rsquo ;, some medical parameters that determine the extent of oxygen consumption. With these numerical values we know the maximum amount that our bodies can take on a high intensity effort.
As indicated above, both normal and patient runners which does sport or sedentary can undergo this test. The test athletes heart to indicate which frequencies should do the different phases of training, while for non-athletes will be more valuable if it is. For these, the actual health status of the patient will be known, which will help prevent disease.
How to make the stress test
The patient should arrive well rested to be tested. Recommendations are doing intense training during the previous 24 hours, and presented without having eaten anything during the two and a half hours before the test performed. Remove the medication from the previous day is also important, for help not to distort the outcome of the stress test.