Submitted by Dr T on October 23, 2012 – 8:36am
Just because you cannot feel your pulses doesn’t mean they aren’t there. There is an easy way to settle your concerns: ask for an ultrasound exam. This will also settle whether you have impaired circulation to your hands (if caused by spasm that condition is called Raynaud’s syndrome). Meanwhile, your stress test was otherwise also abnormal: your BP was hypertensive, your pulse rate too high for the level of exercise and therefore your doctor was right to stop the test. Were there other abnormalities such as EKG and cardiac perfusion changes, indicating you may have coronary artery disease? My suggestion, you should check your risk for heart disease.
Hope this helps,