Understanding heart tests

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Having a healthy heart is always the goal, but sometimes you need some help to make sure everything is working just right. And that’s where heart tests come in.

Health care providers can order many types of heart tests for their patients, and it can get confusing and sometimes scary. Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, hopes to put patients at ease by explaining what each test is and does.

Cardiac stress test

“It’s (a stress test) not a scary test. It’s not putting you mentally under stress. It’s physically putting you under stress.

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