Cardiac Treadmill Stress Testing

What is a Cardiac Treadmill Stress Test?  

A treadmill stress test-also known as an exercise stress test or exercise electrocardiogram, is a test performed by walking on a treadmill to evaluate your heart for any arrhythmia.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

A clinician could order the test based on symptoms you have described to them such as chest pain during physical activity or shortness of breath with no explanation. The test could help the clinician determine if you have heart disease. It allows our cardiologist to observe how much you heart can manage before an abnormal rhythm starts or blood flow to your heart muscle drops.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

Do not consume any caffeine 12 hours prior to the test. Wear loose fitted clothing and closed toed, athletic shoes for the treadmill. If you use an inhaler, bring it to the test. You will not need a driver to and from our office as this is a non-invasive test that does not require any use of pharmacological perfusion.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

Our cardiologist, Dr. J.D. Gupta, will be in the exam room to perform the test as well as his nurse to assist.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

During the stress test, you walk on a treadmill that makes your heart work progressively harder.  An electrocardiogram (ECG) that the nurse will place on specified areas of your chest will monitor your heart’s electrical rhythms.  They will also monitor your blood pressure and check to see if you have any symptoms such as chest discomfort or fatigue. If you exhibit any of the above symptoms or the ECG worsens upon physical activity, this could indicate to the clinician that you have coronary artery disease (CAD), fatty deposits or plaque that reduce the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily activities.

When will I receive the result of my exam/study?

After the clinician reports his findings, you will be informed on your next follow up visit. If you do not have a follow up visit scheduled, please call to schedule one. If the test is abnormal, you will receive a call from our office to go over the next steps. The clinician may order further testing to be done or medication could be introduced.