An Exercise Treadmill Test, also called Exercise ECG or Stress test, is a test where the electrical activity of your heart is recorded through an electrocardiogram whilst you walk on a treadmill machine. The goal of this test is to objectively assess how well your heart functions during increased activity.
Your test will be conducted by a cardiac specialist who will attach special sensors called electrodes to your chest. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the test. You will also be monitored for any symptoms such as chest pain/tightness or dizziness.
The Exercise Treadmill Test usually goes on for a maximum of 15 minutes and the average duration someone will walk for is around 9 minutes.
This test is recommended for:
- Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease
- Diagnosing heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
- Checking the effectiveness of procedures done to improve coronary artery circulation in patients with Coronary Artery Disease
- Predicting risk of dangerous heart conditions such as a heart attack
- Determining a safe level of exercise
Your results will be given to you on the day of your appointment. Depending on your results, more tests such as a CT Coronary Angiogram or Cardiac MRI Perfusion test may be recommended by the doctor for further assessment.
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