A treadmill stress test is used to measure the effect of exercise on a patient’s heart. This test may be ordered if a patient:
A technician will place electrodes on the patient’s chest. The electrodes are attached to an ECG monitor that measures electrical activity in the heart during the test. Blood pressure is also closely monitored.
The patient will walk on a treadmill. Slowly, he or she will be asked to walk faster, on an incline, or with more resistance.
The test continues until the patient:
Patients will be monitored for 10 to 15 minutes after exercising, or until the heart rate returns to baseline.
A physician may recommend a treadmill stress test for patients with signs or symptoms of coronary artery disease or an arrhythmia.
The test may also be used to guide treatment decisions, measure the effectiveness of treatment or determine the severity of a heart condition.
Patients can resume normal activity after the test.