Cardiac Stress Test
One of the most powerful tools in diagnostic heart health.
When your body is active, it requires more oxygen than when it is at rest, and, therefore, your heart has to pump more blood. Because of the increased stress on the heart, exercise can often reveal cardiac problems that may not be apparent when the body is at rest. This is why cardiac stress monitoring is one of the most trusted initial, non-invasive tests.
How it works:
Electrodes are attached to specific areas of a patient’s chest, using special adhesive patches with a special gel that conducts electrical impulses, which allow the electrodes to record heart activity. A technician runs resting tests so they can be compared with results from the actual tests. The patient begins riding a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill, while the intensity of exercise is gradually increased. The patient continues exercising at increasing intensity until he or she reaches his or her target heart rate or experiences severe fatigue, dizziness or chest pain. During this time, the patient’s heart rate, breathing, electrocardiogram, blood pressure and feeling of well-being are closely and continually monitored.
A normal result of an exercise stress test shows a heart rate and blood pressure within the normal range and no unusual dizziness or shortness of breath. However, a number of abnormalities may show up on an exercise stress test, such as high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm or structural abnormalities of the heart; all of which will lead to further assessment from your doctor.
Contact us to learn more about our stress tests and to set up an appointment.
Why get a cardiac stress test at ELH?
Our team is skilled at performing a variety of cardiac tests.
Quick & Easy Preparation
Our services are always quick, easy and painless. Just make sure that you follow our ‘How do I prepare’ guidelines, for a more smoother and faster visit.
Preliminary results are available following your test. Your doctor will schedule a follow-up to discuss the official results.
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How do I prepare?
• Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to the procedure. If you are diabetic, especially if you use insulin, you will receive specific instructions from your physician.
• Do not smoke or consume caffeine for several hours before the test.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Specific heart medicines may need to be stopped one or two days prior to the test. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking. Your doctor can provide you with a list of medications that may affect and skew your test results.
• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise.
When will results be available?
Preliminary results will be available when you complete the test, but official results will not be available until your follow-up appointment.
How long after the test will it be before I can resume normal daily activity?
After the test, the patient should rest until blood pressure and heart rate return to normal. If all goes well, and there are no signs of distress, the patient may return to his or her normal daily activities.