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It is a test to help your doctors learn how well your heart functions especially when it is working harder. The test is done when you walk on a treadmill. An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) records the electrical activity of your heart.
The test will be done at our office. A nurse will place electrodes on your chest. The electrodes are connected to an EKG machine. A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm. The treadmill starts slowly. The speed and incline are increased every few minutes. The physician will watch your EKG and check your blood pressure. You should try to walk as long as you can or until the physician stops the test. The exercise part of the test lasts about 5 to 15 minutes but allow an hour for the entire test.
The test is done to show how well your heart works during exercise. People with healthy hearts and in good physical condition can usually exercise longer. It is normal to feel tired and short of breath. Be sure to report any symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, dizziness or shortness of breath. The heart rate and blood pressure usually rise with exercise. The physician will watch for any abnormal changes in the blood pressure or EKG.
Generally the exercise test is safe. There is a small amount of risk because the test does stress the heart. Possibilities include abnormal heart rhythms and very rare heart attack. Experienced personnel are available to handle any emergencies.
The physician may be able to give you preliminary test results on the day of the test or your own doctor will give you results at a later appointment.