An exercise stress test helps determine how well your heart responds during physical exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill while hooked up to an EKG to monitor your heart’s activity
How to Prepare
Please bring with you a list of your current medications. This includes prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements, and herbal remedies.
It is OK to eat a light meal 2 hours before test and to drink as needed.
Bring with you to your appointment your:
During and After the Exercise Stress Test
You will walk on a treadmill while being monitored with ECG’s and blood pressure. The treadmill speed and incline will increase every 3 min until you are tired or a target heart rate has been reached. A cardiovascular technologist will be with you for the whole test and can stop the treadmill whenever you ask.
The Results of Your Exercise Stress Test
Once the test is completed, the technologist uploads your results to your records. The physician will write a report and send it to your doctor.
The technologist can’t give you the results during your visit, but once the report is in your health record, your doctor can review it and will give you the results.
How Long Will Your Appointment Be?
An exercise stress test usually takes approximately 20 minutes
We do everything that we can to stay on time. Unfortunately, your appointment may be delayed by unforeseen circumstances. We recommend that you come prepared for delays.