Stress test and how to go about it

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What is Stress?… Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.”

 

What is a Stress Test

stress test also called an exercise stress test or treadmill test shows how your heart works during physical activity.Exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster which aid in the exercise stress test to reveal problems with blood flow within your heart.

Types of stress Test

There are three main types of stress tests:

  1. exercise stress tests
  2. nuclear stress tests
  3. and stress echocardiograms

 

exercise stress tests

An exercise stress test is used to determine how well your heart responds during times when it’s working its hardest. During the test, you’ll be asked to exercise — typically on a treadmill — while you’re hooked up to an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine. This allows your doctor to monitor your heart rate.

nuclear stress tests

nuclear stress test uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to create pictures showing the blood flow to your heart. The test measures blood flow while you are at rest and are exerting yourself, showing areas with poor blood flow or damage in your heart.

 

stress echocardiograms

A stress echocardiogram tests how well your heart and blood vessels are working, especially under stress. It uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscles are working to pump blood to your body.

 

Health problems caused or exacerbated by stress include:

  1. Depression and anxiety
  2. Pain of any kind
  3. Sleep problems
  4. Autoimmune diseases
  5. Digestive problems
  6. Skin conditions(eczema).
  7. Heart disease
  8. Weight problems
  9. Reproductive issues
  10. Thinking and memory problems

Signs and symptoms of stress overload

The most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. You get used to it. It starts to feel familiar, even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll. That’s why it’s important to beware of the common warning signs and symptoms of stress overload.

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying

Emotional symptoms:

  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Moodiness, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Other mental or emotional health problems

Physical symptoms:

  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds or flu

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • The Nerve habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Tips for reducing stress

People can learn to manage stress and lead happier healthier lives. follow this guide

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques; try meditation, yoga, or tai-chi.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Learn to manage your time more effectively.
  • Set limits appropriately and say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
  • Make time for hobbies and interests.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
  • Seek out social support. Spend enough time with those you love.
  • Seek treatment with a psychologist or other mental health professional trained in stress management or biofeedback techniques to learn more healthy ways of dealing with the stress in your life.

 

Stress at work

In some workplaces stress is normal. Excessive stress may interfere with your productivity and performance. It can even determine the difference between success and failure on the job. Whatever your ambitions or work demands, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging

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