An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart.
Stress echocardiography Thallium stress test
Exercise ECG; ECG - exercise treadmill; EKG - exercise treadmill; Stress ECG; Exercise electrocardiography; Stress test - exercise treadmill
How the test is performed
You will walk on a treadmill or pedal on an exercise bicycle while the electrical activity of your heart is measured with an electrocardiogram (
The test continues until:
- You reach a target
- You develop complications such as
chest painor an exaggerated rise or drop in blood pressure
- ECG changes show that your heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen
You will continue to be monitored for 10 - 15 minutes after exercising, or until your heart rate returns to baseline.
How to prepare for the test
Review Date: 06/21/2010
Reviewed By: Michael A. Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.