EXERCISE STRESS TESTING
An Exercise Stress Test is to assess how your heart responds to physical exertion. It aids in the diagnosis of chest pain and shortness of breath.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and involves walking on a treadmill.
Throughout the test a nurse or technician will supervise you. Your blood pressure and heart rhythm will be monitored throughout the procedure. You will be asked about any symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or dizziness.
For Exercise Stress Tests please wear comfortable clothing and walking/running shoes. You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to your test.
Once you are ready to proceed with the test and are up on the treadmill we take your baseline blood pressure and note the baseline ECG. The test is explained in detail to you prior to commencement of the test. The average time on the treadmill is 6 minutes but as each person is different, once you have reached 85% of your predicted maximum heart rate the test will be ended. The test will then be reviewed and a report will be sent off to the referring GP within 48 hours.