When determining the medical fitness of applicants and licensed drivers, the DVLA must ensure that drivers meet the criteria as set on their guidelines, and you may be requested to have a cardiac test before proceeding with your application.
An Exercise Treadmill Test for DVLA, also called an 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 idea of this test is to objectively assess how well your heart functions during increased activity. At the London Centre for Advanced Cardiology we use the Bruce Protocol.
The Exercise Treadmill Test for DVLA will be conducted by a 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 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-related conditions such as a heart attack
- Determining a safe level of exercise
When determining the medical fitness of applicants and licensed drivers, the DVLA must ensure that you meet the criteria as set on their guidelines.
You may also be requested to have an echocardiogram and in some cases, the DVLA requires a Stress Echocardiogram.
Your treadmill test for DVLA in London and any other DVLA cardiac tests can be easily and conveniently arranged at the London Centre for Advanced Cardiology. Call us on 020 7580 3145 or click on the button below to book an appointment.