What Is An Exercise Stress Test?
- An exercise stress test assesses heart function during physical exercise. It is usually performed to look for signs of coronary artery disease (blocked arteries).
What To Expect
- You will be seen by one or our cardiologists for a clinical assessment. He will be present throughout the test.
- You will need to remove your shirt or blouse for the test (ladies please wear a top with pants or skirt rather than a dress). Ladies may wear their bra during the test, and will be given a gown as well. Please wear shoes which are comfortable for walking (or you may walk on the treadmill in bare feet if you prefer).
- ECG leads will be attached to the front of your chest and your blood pressure will be taken prior to the test.
- You will be then asked to walk on a treadmill. The treadmill starts quite slowly, but if you are managing well it will gradually speed up, and also become steeper. We will try and have you exercise to about 85% of your maximum possible effort. Most people do not find this distressing. We can of course stop the test at any time if you feel we must.
- The cardiologist will discuss the results of the test with you following the conclusion of the test. You will be able to return to your normal activities later in the day, and may drive home if you are otherwise fit to do so.