Echo stress test in the morning - sort of scared
I'm a 68-year-old woman. As far as I know I have no serious heart problems. I do have mitral valve prolapse which causes extra beats and tachycardia at times. I also have what I guess you call 1st stage high blood pressure -- not too awfully high.
I take Toprol XL for the heart beat and Cozaar for the BP.
My cardiologist is going to do an echo stress test in the morning. I totally half scared out of my mind even though I've had four or five stress tests in my lifetime at a minimum. They always scare me. I lack much endurance.
I lift weights and work out but in short bursts of high intensity. I think he's mainly looking at the state of my heart to make sure my workouts and exercises are appropriate.
So, I could use some reassurance from others who have had the test and also I'd like to get a general idea of how long a woman of my age is expected to stay on the treadmill. I know I can get off at any time and will. But I know of a 60 year old male (admittedly extremely fit and former bodybuilder) who stayed on for 28 minutes and 15 seconds. That puts him in the top 6% of people his age. I know I can't do that. I'm not that fit.
Any tips or thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated. I've almost called and cancelled today but I feel I need the test to determine what sort of exercise program is safe for me and if I'm up to the one I'm on.
I should have mentioned that I have panic attacks and severe anxiety. So, I tend to overthink and worry and get myself worked up over things that other folks might take in their stride.
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by rico5000; 08-22-2012 at 10:31 AM.