Should I do a stress test before exercising?

Question: I have a family history with heart problems and hypertension. I am hypertensive, but for a while I have stopped smoking and started doing cardiovascular exercise and weights. Can you recommend a stress test? Mario (Seville).

Answer: The ergometry or stress test is not strictly indicated before carrying out a sports activity. However, in recent years there is a certain tendency to advise a prior cardiovascular study, especially in people with risk factors (such as your case) or who are going to face elite sports. This checkup consists of different tests: an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram and, in some cases, an ergometer.

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