A cardiovascular stress test is performed to help detect any heart problem during exercise. During the test, a person walks on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty while a doctor monitors heart activity.
To help ensure the most accurate results, the University of Michigan Health System suggests:
* The night before the test, be sure to get plenty of rest. * About two or three hours before the test, eat a light meal. * Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or soda. Drink water or fruit juice instead. * Unless your doctor says otherwise, take all of your daily medications as prescribed. * Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and shoes comfortable for walking or running. * Use the bathroom before the test.
Health Tip: Playground Safety
Before your child visits a new playground, parents should inspect the facility to be sure it's safe.
To help protect your child from injury, the National Program for Playground Safety offers these guidelines:
* Make sure that you or another trusted adult is always supervising your child's play. * To prevent possible strangulation, don't allow your child to play while he's wearing clothing with drawstrings. * The playground should have age-appropriate equipment in separate sections, so that younger children can avoid injury from older children's play and equipment. * Playground surfaces should provide cushion in the event of a fall -- surfaces that are concrete, grass, asphalt, gravel or packed dirt can contribute to injuries. Acceptable surfaces include hardwood fiber/mulch, pea gravel, sand, or rubber mats. * All equipment should be properly rooted to the ground, with no loose, rusting, or missing parts.