Exercise Stress Test (without imaging)
An exercise stress test is done under the supervision of the cardiologist. For this test, you will be asked to walk on a treadmill while your heart is being monitored by a continuous ECG recording. A specially trained cardiac technologist will assist the doctor with your test.
Exercise tests are not uncomfortable. The test never requires you to exercise beyond your abilities. The length and difficulty of the test is tailored to each individual patient. The entire test usually takes less than thirty minutes and most people walk on the treadmill for 6 to 12 minutes. The results of the test are available immediately and will be communicated to you and your primary care physician promptly.
Exercise stress tests are commonly used to detect the presence of coronary artery disease, abnormal heart rhythms, abnormal blood pressure response to exercise, and to evaluate exercise tolerance and exercise-related symptoms.
- Please do not eat or drink four (4) hours prior to your test.
- Do not smoke for four (4) hours prior to your test.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for your test.
- Take your medications as usual on the day of the test unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
- Please bring a list of your medications and your insurance card on the day of your test.
We hope that this has been helpful, but if you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (203)265-9831.