What is a stress test?
What do I need to do to prepare for my stress test?
A stress test evaluates how well your heart is functioning. Your doctor will order a treadmill or medication test that simulates exercise to review your heart's function while and electrocardiogram monitors you. Your blood pressure and oxygen levels are also monitored throughout the study. In most cases, your doctor will include a nuclear stress test that requires special imaging pictures before and after your designated stress test. Your doctor will decide which test is best for you.
Do not eat or drink after midnight the evening before your test. Wear a two-piece outfit as you will need to undress from the waist up for the electrocardiogram monitoring. Your doctor will advise you on any medications you will need to stop taking prior to your test.
What should I expect?
Depending on which test you are scheduled for, you may need to have an IV started. If you are having a treadmill test, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The treadmill starts at a slow pace and increases in both pace and incline every three minutes. You will walk on the treadmill until a target heart rate is achieved. If you are having a medication test, the medication is given over a period of approximately four to six minutes. Some patients experience minor chest discomfort, a warm flushing feeling, upset stomach or headache. Other patients do not experience any symptoms.
When will I receive the results of my stress test?
Following the test, your cardiologist will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results with you.
If you have any questions, please ask your cardiologist. For more information, please call (480) 728-7208.
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