An Exercise Treadmill Test, also called Exercise ECG or Stress test, is a test where there electrical activity of your heart is recorded through an electrocardiogram whilst you walk on a treadmill machine. The idea of this test is objectively assess how well your heart functions during increased activity.
Your test will be conducted by a cardiac specialist doctor 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.
An Exercise Treadmill Test usually goes on for a maximum of 15 minutes. The average duration someone will walk for is around 9 minutes.
This test is recommended to:
- Diagnose coronary artery disease
- Diagnose heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias)
- Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve coronary artery circulation in patients with coronary artery disease
- Predict risk of dangerous heart-related conditions such as a heart attack
- Determine 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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