What is a TMT Test & How is it Useful?

What is a TMT Test?

Several people experience problems with their arteries and coronary blockages due to heart ailments. The point is that it is difficult to find their presence and symptoms, as they rarely show any significant symptoms. The person might seem perfectly alright from the outside apart from experiencing a little chest pain.

With the help of the TMT test, it is possible to compare the circulation of the blood in the heart where a patient is resting and when put under pressure. Although many stress tests exist, the common is one is the treadmill test.

How is TMT Test Useful

With the help of the TMT test, it is possible to determine whether the patient is suffering from silent ischemia. The TMT test is useful for those who had their first heart attack or history of heart attacks. The TMT test utilizes exercise as the tool to determine the extreme shortness of the breath, dizziness, weakening in the breath, and discomfort or pain in the chest that determines the underlying heart condition. TMT test will also help in understanding the functionality of the medicines.

While the heart is in resting condition, it may not show any signs of ischemia. However, one can feel the pain even after a short walk, which could be a silent ischemia. During the rest period, the blood flows freely carrying the required oxygen and nutrients. However, under stress, the blockage of the arteries makes it difficult, causing the dizziness and shortness of breath, and in some cases, severe chest pain or cardiac arrest.

Preparations for TMT Test

Prerequisite for the TMT test depends on the patient, the history of the heart attack, and other symptoms. Regardless, a patient requires being on an empty stomach for at least three hours before participating in the TMT test. It is further important to keep away from coffee, alcohol, and carbonated beverages. If the patient is under medication, they will have to stop it for a day, until and unless the doctor specifies the same.

For people suffering from diabetes, they have to consult their physician for how much they will have to inject before they can participate in the TMT test. It is also crucial to wear loose clothes and wear running shoes.

The technician or a nurse will begin by attaching the needed patches to the chest, arm, and leg. These patches are electrodes and calculate the electrical signals produced by the heart during the activity. Before beginning the activity, the machine starts to calculate the resting EKG. Further TMT test recordings may or may not be useful depending on the records. The doctor will show particular attention under such conditions.

TMT Test Equipment

The TMT test equipment uses a treadmill to calculate the stress that heart is undertaking the activity. There is also the possibility for the TMT test to use a stationary bicycle, which, of course, depends on the resting recordings. Although the occurrence of cardiac arrest during the test is very low, all the labs do contain emergency mechanism and backup equipment to protect the patient.

TMT Test Performance

The TMT test is not a risky procedure. Although a few feel stressed and fatigued due to the conditions, nothing out of the common appears. After completion of the TMT test, the patient requires resting, until the heart returns to the normal pumping stage.

The TMT test will help the doctor collect information about the functionality of the heart at rest and under stress. The data makes it easy to prepare a treatment that ensures that the patient feels comfortable even while exercising, and the heart receives appropriate oxygen content at all times along with the needed nutrients.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 13, 2017

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