Routine Treadmill Stress Test

A stress test may allow your physician to detect heart problems that may not be detected at rest. A continuous exercise EKG will be obtained while the patient walks on a treadmill. The EKG will detect activity of the heart while exercising. The patient will have electrodes (patches) placed on the chest to obtain EKGs prior to exercising. Several EKGs will be taken before exercise. The patient is asked to walk on a treadmill starting slowly and increasing in speed and incline approximately every three minutes. The blood pressure will be checked every minute. The physician will read the EKGs obtained before, during and after the exercise.

It is important to report any symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, leg fatigue, dizziness or general fatigue. The stress test may be helpful to diagnose coronary artery disease or blockages in the coronary arteries. It is important to wear loose and comfortable clothing. Soft soled shoes or sneakers should be worn. Do not eat or drink after midnight before the test. An hour to an hour and a half should be allowed for this test. A physician will read the test.

 

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