Exercise Stress Test

WHAT IS AN EXERCISE STRESS TEST?

An Exercise Stress Test is used to determine how your heart responds to physical exercise.

An Exercise Stress Test can also be called an EST, Exercise Test, Treadmill Test and Exercise ECG.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN EXERCISE STRESS TEST?

Before the test starts, an electrocardiogram (ECG) is taken. This is a paper recording of your heartbeat. Next, your heart is exercised or ‘stressed’. If you can walk easily, you can walk on the treadmill. The speed and the slope of the treadmill will increase every 3 minutes. This makes your heart do more work. The test will be stopped if you have chest pain, become tired or very short of breath. If you feel unwell you should tell staff immediately.

HOW LONG DOES AN EXERCISE STRESS TEST TAKE?

The test can take 30 to 40 minutes.

PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR AN EXERCISE STRESS TEST?

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and a loose-fitting shirt and shorts. 
  • Please continue to take your medications as normal.

WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.

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