Cardiac stress testing is performed on a treadmill and allows the monitoring of a patient’s heart rate and ECG (Electrocardiogram) while exercising. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. A medical professional, such as a Cardiologist Technologist, will be present throughout the test.
What to expect:
- Be prepared to spend approximately 30 minutes at the hospital.
- A Cardiac Technologist will take you to your room and answer any questions you may have regarding your Cardiac Stress Test.
- You will be hooked up to equipment to monitor your heart and blood pressure.
- You will start by walking slowly on a treadmill, then the speed of the treadmill will be increased and the treadmill will be tilted to produce the effect of walking up a small hill.
- The Cardiac Stress Test can be stopped at any given time, if needed.
- After coming off the treadmill, you will be asked to sit or lie down to have your heart and blood pressure checked.
Preparation for your test
- Please bring a list of all current medications as well as comfortable clothes and shoes for exercise.
- You may take all of your current medications as you normally would unless your Physician has instructed you to stop them prior to your test consult your Doctor regarding discontinuation prior to the test
- Do not smoke, eat or have any caffeine for 2 hours prior to your test
To book a Cardiac Stress Test have your Doctor fax this requisition to our Patient Scheduling Department and you will be called for an appointment shortly.