Exercise Stress Test

Exercise Stress test is a test where you walk or run on a treadmill to get your heart to a required rate. Its purpose is to detect any abnormality while your heart is being stressed.

What is it?

Stress tests determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). It usually involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.

Why is it done?

To provide information about how the heart responds to exertion.

Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity.

Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications to control angina and ischemia.

Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation.

Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease.

Identify abnormal heart rhythms.

Assess the function of heart valves if they are not functioning properly.

Help you develop a safe exercise program.

How long does it take?

1 hour

How to prepare:

Do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat foods containing caffeine for 12 hours before the test. Ask your doctor which heart medications you should omit taking on the day of your test. If you use an inhaler for your breathing, bring it to the test. On the day of your stress test, wear soft-soled shoes suitable for walking and comfortable clothes.

What is it?

Stress tests determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). It usually involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.

Why is it done?

The test is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications to control angina and ischemia Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease Identify abnormal heart rhythms Assess the function of heart valves if they are not functioning properly Help you develop a safe exercise program

How long does it take?

1 hour

How to prepare:

Do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat foods containing caffeine for 12 hours before the test. Ask your doctor which heart medications you should omit taking on the day of your test. If you use an inhaler for your breathing, bring it to the test. On the day of your stress test, wear soft-soled shoes suitable for walking and comfortable clothes.