According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people living with diabetes are twice more likely to have a heart attack compared to those who have no blood sugar problems. This is because over time, when blood sugar levels are left uncontrolled, these can cause damage to the blood vessels in the heart. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or living with it for years, you need to work closely with your internal medicine physician, who will help you ... [Read More]
What Is the Difference Between a Nuclear Stress Test and a Regular Stress Test?
Stress tests monitor your heart’s electrical activity and are used to determine whether or not you have a heart complication. The difference between a standard stress test and a nuclear stress test lies in the method and equipment and, therefore, the depth of assessment of possible heart conditions. Your doctor may request a stress test to evaluate your heart’s function and/or blood flow, and to help identify any heart abnormalities. What Is a Stress Test? Also called a standard exercise ... [Read More]
Benefits of a Nuclear Stress Test
A nuclear stress test is a type of image-guided diagnostic test that doctors use to determine the status of your heart and blood flow. If your doctor suspects you have a heart condition or heart disease, he may recommend you undergo a nuclear stress test, especially if a routine stress test proves inconclusive. The benefits of a nuclear stress test are many, and include – Determining Risk Doctors use nuclear stress test to reveal areas of concern regarding blood flow to your heart. Aided by a ... [Read More]
What to Expect From an Electromyography Test
Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic test administered to people who may be experiencing muscle or nerve pain, including cramping, tingling, numbness, or weakness. An EMG involves needle electrodes inserted into the muscle being tested. The test is used to measure electrical activity in particular muscles when contracted. The test is also used to identify whether electrical activity is present when it shouldn’t be (that is, when the muscle is at rest). An EMG can identify whether the ... [Read More]
What Is an EMG?
Doctors use an electromyography (EMG) test to check a patient’s muscles and the health of the nerves that control them (the motor neurons). This diagnostic test is typically used for patients who may have damaged nerves or nerve dysfunction with regard to signal transmission to the muscles. The EMG test can accurately measure the speed of signal transmission between the nerves and the muscles. It is frequently used by doctors when checking for Guillain-Barré syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, ... [Read More]