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.
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.