What is an exercise stress test?
An exercise stress test determines how much stress your heart can handle before developing an abnormal rhythm or experiencing a lack of blood flow to parts of the heart. This test can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the heart medications you are taking, determine the likelihood of coronary heart disease, and to help you develop or evaluate an exercise program.
What to expect
Upon arriving for your exercise stress test you will be hooked up to an ECG (electrocardiogram) machine. This machine has sticky leads that are placed on the body in various locations. You will then be asked to walk on a treadmill while a technologist monitors your heart. The goal is to get your heart rate up to an optimal circulation level which usually takes between two and twelve minutes, depending on your conditioning.
Scheduling an exercise stress test
If your primary care physician or cardiologist orders an exercise stress test for you, they will initiate the scheduling. Their office will call the appropriate Medicor office to let us know you will need an appointment. A Medicor scheduler will then call you to coordinate a day and time that fits in your schedule.
Preparation for the test
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. You should be able to walk on a treadmill with the shoes you wear. Please do not wear sandals, flip flops, high heels, or open toe shoes.