A treadmill stress test, sometimes called an exercise stress test, is used to help your cardiologist determine how well your heart handles small amounts of exercise. As your body is forced to work harder during the test due to walking, the heart must pump more blood because of an increased need for oxygen.
This procedure usually takes about 45 minutes. You will be hooked up to a monitor that is continuously monitoring your heart rate and rhythm. The treadmill will begin moving slowly and will also be put on a small incline. This allows for determining your heart’s ability to handle having to work.
You only need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers appropriate for walking. You do not have to fast or restrict any medications.
The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen-rich blood. This will allow your cardiologist to better understand any chest pain you are experiencing. It can also set a safe level of exercise to promote a better heart health.
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