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Exercise Stress Test (ETT)

A stress test shows your physician how the stress of exercise affects your heart.

Regular Stress Test

This test monitors your heart's function as you walk on a treadmill.

Before Your Appointment

  • Please pre-register for your appointment by calling 978-937-6429 Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or anytime online at  Express Registration .
  • An Appointment Reminder with specific instructions for your exam will be mailed to you.
  • Please keep the written order from your physician to bring to the exam.
  • Obtain copies of any stress tests or EKGs to bring to the exam.
  • Tell your physician about any medications you are taking.

Be sure to inform your doctor if your are taking sildenafil citrate (Viagra) and have taken a dose in the past 24 hours (If nitroglycerin is given to relieve chest in a patient taking Viagra it can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.)

Exam Preparation

  • Do not consume alcohol or caffeine or smoke for 24 hours before the test
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • If you are taking a beta blocker like metoprolol or atenolol, you should ask your physician whether you should stop taking this drug for 24 hours before the exam.

During the Procedure

An electrocardiograph machine will measure your heart's responses as you walk on a treadmill. Your blood pressure will also be monitored. The test continues only until you reach your target heart rate, unless you develop chest pains or a spike in blood pressure. During the 10-15 cool-down period after peak activity, the staff will continue to monitor your vital signs. If you are unable to exercise on a treadmill, you can receive a pharmacological stress test.

After the Procedure

You may resume your normal activities.

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