Re: what does it mean if i fail a cardiac stress test
A stress test is to check how well your heart pumps blood to your exercising muscles. There are various levels of result - for example, the result may be a "marginal" pass or "marginal" failure. If you fail the implication is that for one reason or another the blood supply is deficient, and the cardiologist will normally go on to check the heart's pumping action and the condition of its surrounding arteries. This usually means having an Angiogram which is a form of x-ray that images the heart pumping, and shows the passage of blood through the arteries. An angiogram is one of the most common tools used to examine the heart.
Angiograms have low risk, are almost painless, and are over in about 20-30 minutes.