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A treadmill stress test, or exercise stress test, is used to measure the effect of exercise on the heart. Before the test, sticky pads called electrodes are placed on the patient’s chest and connected to an ECG monitor that records the electrical activity of the heart. The patient begins walking; the technician will periodically change the incline of the treadmill and ask the patient to walk faster. The ECG monitors the heart’s rhythm and rate, and blood pressure readings are taken as well. The test continues until the patient reaches a target heart rate, becomes too tired, or experiences concerning symptoms (e.g., chest pain), or the ECG suggest that the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen. Treadmill stress testing is used to evaluate patients for coronary heart disease, heart rhythm abnormalities, and other cardiac problems.
To learn more about the stress test echocardiogram, visit our Echocardiogram Service page. There, you can learn about the other echocardiogram tests available with Physicians East.
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