Stress testing is a test that exerts the heart to determine how strong it is and whether it has any irregular heartbeats or blockages in the coronary arteries. Stress testing can be done using different methods depending on your physical capacity and medical history.
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What is an exercise stress test?
An exercise stress test, also known as a treadmill test, helps your doctor
assess how well your heart responds to stress. It involves walking on a treadmill while your electrocardiogram, blood pressure and heart rate are being monitored. Depending on your medical indication, an ultrasound of the heart may also be done immediately following the completion of the exercise stress test in order to obtain images of your heart immediately after stress.
How do I prepare?
Tell your doctor about any medicines (including over-the-counter, herbs and vitamins) you take. He or she may ask you not to take them before the test. May continue all other medications, unless instructed otherwise.
Do not eat, drink or smoke for two hours before the test.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and walking shoes with rubber soles. Shorts or sweatpants and jogging or tennis shoes are good choices.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify our office and the hospital 24 hours in advance.