Exercise Stress Test
This test, typically involving the patient walking on a treadmill while
attached to an electrocardiogram, measures a patient's ability to exercise
and the electrical waves of the heart during exercise. This test can help
detect heart problems that may not be apparent at rest.
Before The Test
You should allow one hour, which includes preparation for the test, the
exercise portion, and the recovery period.
Wear or bring comfortable
attire and walking/running
Refrain from eating at
least two hours before the test.
This will prevent the
possibility of nausea, which may
accompany vigorous exercise
Make your last meal light
and without tea, coffee or
If you are currently
taking any heart meditation, check
with you CCND doctor.
He or she may ask you to stop
a day or two before the test. This can
help-get more accurate
Before the test, you
will be given an explanation of the
test and you will be
asked to sign a consent form. Feel
free to ask any questions
about the procedure.
Several areas on your
chest and shoulders will be
cleansed with alcohol
and an abrasive pad will be used to
prepare the skin for
the electrodes (small sticky patch).
Men may need to have
areas of their chest shaved, to
ensure that the electrodes
stay in place.
After The Test
After the exercise portion
of the test is over, you will still
be monitored for another
5 to 10 minutes while you
recover. The medical
assistant or nurse will remove the
electrodes and cleanse
the electrode sites.
The doctor conducting
the test can give you results before
you leave. A complete
interpretation will be sent to your
If the test is abnormal
or inconclusive, then additional tests
may be ordered.
The information gained
from the exercise test helps your
doctor make an accurate
diagnosis and develop a
treatment plan that
is best for you.