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.
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.