Treadmill Stress Test

What is a treadmill stress test?

A treadmill stress test is a walk on a treadmill during which time the electrical impulses in the heart are recorded. This test helps the doctor determine how well you heart handles exercise. 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. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.

What will happen during the test?

When you arrive there will be ten electrodes or sticky patches attached to your chest. Once your vital signs and EKG have been reviewed you will be asked to walk on the treadmill.

The treadmill will start at a walking speed and then at set intervals get faster and steeper. Your EKG and blood pressure will be monitored constantly throughout the test.

When enough information about your heart has been obtained the test will stop. If you feel for any reason that you can not go on the test can also be stopped.

What will happen after the test?

You should receive preliminary results about the test before you leave. The final report can take up to two weeks and will automatically be sent to your primary care physician.