What do my stress test results really mean?
My treadmill stress test showed: EKG at Peak HR: 1 mm Inferolateral ST depression at peak exercise that resolved in recovery. ECHO at peak: Hypokinesis of basal inferior wall and basal inferoseptum. What do these abnormalities mean? Doctor wants me to have an angiogram.
Your stress test and Echo results suggest that a portion of the inferolateral wall (which is the bottom and side of the heart muscle) may not be getting enough blood. The heart is a muscle and when the blood flow is diminished the muscle does not get enough oxygen and this could lead to a heart attack. The coronary angiogram (cardiac catheterization) is more accurate and allows the doctor to look at the actual blood vessels and see if any narrowing or blockage is present.
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