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Garden City Hospital is here to help. Now you can browse, search and view answers to frequently asked health questions. Have a personal health question you need answered? We can do that too! Simply submit your question and we will get it to the appropriate GCH health expert for an answer.
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I am a 52-year old male who has always been fairly fit. In the last few years I have really noticed a difference in my stamina and a drop in energy. I’ve never been a big fitness buff, and luckily just had good genes, but now I need to start doing more. What are the most important health goals I should set for myself this year, and where do I start?
Before you begin setting goals or increasing your activity level, you should know exactly where you are now. Start, by seeing your doctor and getting a physical exam. Your physician may even ... read more
Before you begin setting goals or increasing your activity level, you should know exactly where you are now. Start, by seeing your doctor and getting a physical exam. Your physician may even want you to take a Stress Test. Once you know where you’re at, it’s easier to determine where you should be, and your doctor can help you get there safely.
My husband is a wonderful man, but I fear he works too hard. I am concerned stress and other job related issues are going to cause him to have a heart attack or stroke. How can we determine the strength of his heart?
A cardiac stress test provides information about how your heart works during physical activity. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast. As... read more
A cardiac stress test provides information about how your heart works during physical activity. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when your heart is working hard and beating fast. As your body exerts energy, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors determine the safest level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
Cardiac stress tests are non-invasive and painless. The test monitors heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG) and how tired a person feels. Depending on the results of the test, your physician may recommend additional testing, such as a nuclear stress test or cardiac catheterization.