Submitted by Dr T on December 22, 2010 – 5:08pm
A stress test w/o exercise is not a stress test. I am also concerned about what you have told me: Considering that he has had a sudden change in blood pressure, the cause still needs to be found. As your dad is at risk for heart disease and stroke this still needs to be excluded. There are many reasons for chest pain, look here:
There are a variety of tests that can be done this situation, that include a real stress test (I suggests a stress ECHO)or a thallium or a sestamibi cardiac perfusion scan.
If you know your dad’s cholesterol, you can calculate his risks here:
Hope this helps,