Cardiac Stress Test

What is a Cardiac Stress Test?

A cardiac stress test, sometimes called an exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles activity. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors identify the level of exercise appropriate for a patient.

A person taking the test will experience the following:

  • Hooked up to equipment to monitor the heart.
  • Walk slowly in place on a treadmill. The speed and gradient of the treadmill will gradually increase.
  • You may be asked to breathe into a tube for a couple of minutes.
  • Following the activity, you will sit or lie down to have your heart and blood pressure checked.

Learn more about a cardiac stress test.

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