Don't be stressed about your stress test!
Submitted by Elaine Yong, Senior Communications Specialist - Media Relations, Communications & Public Affairs
More than 5500 patients from all around the province come to St. Paul’s Hospital every year for a heart stress test, also called an exercise electrocardiogram. Since we have a lot of specialty cardiac clinics, including the Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Clinic and the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic, we have one of the busiest stress test labs in BC. But there is no reason to be stressed! Dr. Scott Lear, Pfizer/Heart & Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at SPH, walks (and runs) us through his stress test and shows you what to expect. After more than two decades researching how to prevent heart disease, he was diagnosed with heart disease himself last year.
February is Heart Month, a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health, and what we can to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
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