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 but may also be used to assess other exercise-induced cardiac disorders and arrhythmias.

The procedure

You will be seen by one or our cardiologists for a clinical assessment, and they will be present throughout the test.

You will need to remove your shirt or blouse for the test. Ladies, please wear a top and bottom rather than a dress, you may wear your bra during the test and a gown will be available. Please wear shoes which are comfortable for walking, or you may walk in bare feet if you prefer.

ECG leads will be attached to the front of your chest and abdomen and your blood pressure will be taken prior to the test.

The treadmill will start as a slow walk and increase in speed and incline incrementally every three minutes. During the test you will be asked how you are feeling and if you experience any symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, increasing shortness, indigestion etc. please notify the cardiologist.

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Informed consent

It is required by law to receive your consent to perform this test. It is important that you have read and understood this information. If you have any questions, please ask the technician prior to your test.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.