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Tread mill stress test

Is it medically safe for a 75 yo woman to go through tread mill stress test, even if it is directed by a doctor? My 75 yo mom s doctor keeps putting her on treadmill test every three months or so. I was wondering if anyone knows whether this is safe for her to go thru knowing it is her doctor s order. Should I question the doctor s intentions or incentives ? Thanks
Asked On : Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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Barring significant medical illness such as prior heart attacks, serious coronary artery disease, stroke, such and such, there's no reason why a healthy 75 year old female can't undergo a treadmill test. Even with some blood pressure and heart disease the treadmill test is still fairly safe to undergo. Reasons why you would not want to undergo include, easy fatiguabilty with risk of falling down from dizziness or vertigo, or experiencing shortness of breath or chest pain during very minimal exercise. An alternative to a treadmill test is a medical stimulation test which simulates physical activity on the heart by injecting a medication such as dobutamine. This is the preferred method of a stress test for those who cannot tolerate physical activity for whatever reason.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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