What is an Exercise Stress ECG Test?
This is a simple and most basic test of your heart’s functional response to physical stress. Walking on a treadmill at gradually increasing speeds and gradient makes your heart pump harder and faster than usual, and can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.
What are the benefits of a treadmill test?
Example 1 of a 45 year old asymptomatic patient who was found to have severe blockages of the heart arteries detected on routine health screening.
Normal-looking ECG before treadmill test
Significantly abnormal ECG during treadmill test suggestive of heart artery blockages
Example 2 of 30 year old man developing life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm during pre-athletic cardiac screening. This is one of the potential causes of sudden cardiac death in athletes participating in strenuous sports eg marathons.
Who will benefit from this test?
Patients with symptoms of
How to prepare for the test
How is the test performed?
Before the Test
During the Test
- Moderate to severe chest, jaw or arm pain
- Severe shortness of breath
- Abnormally high or low blood pressure
- An abnormal heart rhythm
- Certain changes in your electrocardiogram
After the Test
How does the doctor use this test to manage my condition?
1. Normal test results
2. Abnormal test results
Don't wait for your symptoms to worsen.
Early intervention can save your life.
Heart conditions left unchecked can lead to serious consequences. Seek peace of mind. Seek early intervention.