Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast’s Charles A. Cannon Heart Center, in affiliation with Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, provides early detection and constant monitoring for patients at risk for or diagnosed with heart conditions. Stress testing can indicate one's risk of heart disease, display to a high risk patient how blocked his/her arteries are, evaluate the success of a cardiac procedure, and determine further treatments or rehabilitation for cardiac patients.

Two Forms of Stress Testing

Stress testing is available in two forms, the echocardiogram and nuclear medicine stress test. For both tests, nurses administer medicine to speed up, or stress the heart. Taking ultrasound images, EKGs or camera images produced with the aid of nuclear medicine, a cardiologist can then evaluates images to identify parts of the heart not receiving enough blood and oxygen.