What is an exercise stress test?
An exercise treadmill test is a special test in which the electrical activity of your heart is monitored by electrodes while you exercise. Many pieces of information can be obtained during an exercise treadmill test. This includes your exercise capabilities, whether or not your heart is getting enough oxygen with exercise, or whether or not you suffer from irregular heart rhythms with exercise. In certain conditions, it can give your physician information about the effectiveness of drug treatments.
Do I need to do anything for the test?
In the case of an exercise test, there are certain things that need to be done before the test:
• Please take your medication as usual, unless specified by your physician.
• Do not eat or drink anything two hours before the test.
• Wear comfortable clothing and most importantly, comfortable shoes!
What will happen during the test?
The cardiac sonographer or nurse performing the procedure will meet you in the waiting room and escort you back to the examination room.
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