That is often a clinical decision based on the case. If you have a stone cold normal EKG, a stress test is ok. If there EKG changes, a nuclear test is preferred. I agree that regular exercise stress tests without imaging are rarely done anymore, but there are still some valid indications.
I'm an 27yrs old female. I been having left nd middle chest pain. Lots of pressure while picking up something. Shortness of breath,nausea and sweating sometimes. My chest pain comes and goes. I got a little worry since its almost a month with this chest pain. Today, I had a EKG done with results of sinus rhythm left axis deviation consistent with LAFB. The MD said it was nothing to worry about and decided to referral me to a cardio and get a chest xray. He really didn't explain of why my chest pain. Can you tell me what you think abou this?
I am a 37 year old male, 80 kg, 170 cm, and I have been experiencing breathlessness, though only in heated rooms in winter. Sometimes, but not always, when I walk i fell a pain in my shins. Moreover, occassionally, but now more frequently, i suffer from erectile dysfunction. Could these be indications of a serious problem?