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How Long Does a Stress Test Take?

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Doctor administering a stress test.

Confirming the health and continued vitality of your heart is one of the most important thing you can do for your body. Your heart is what’s responsible for pumping blood throughout your body, so you should take its well-being seriously. If you are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath and could be at risk for heart disease or other heart conditions, your doctor is going to want to administer a stress test.

What Is a Standard Treadmill ECG Stress Test?

In short, a stress test is a procedure to see how your heart handles being put under stress. In the scenario of a controlled test, the standard procedure that will be performed will involve you walking on a treadmill until your heart rate reaches a certain number. Once at that level, doctors will determine how your heart is performing. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and additional factors are monitored by your doctor and the data is recorded.

How Long Will the Procedure Take?

As with any medical appointment, there is no set time for a procedure as it depends on each individual patient. In a standard stress test, it is suggested that you plan for at least half an hour, perhaps a little more. That will encompass the preparation, discussion as well as the physical test.

The test is ordered after a consultation with your doctor regarding your concerns or symptoms, medical history, medications, and other topics regarding your health. Then when it’s time for the treadmill ECG stress test, you will have electrodes put on your chest and arms that will record all of the necessary data. The treadmill will increase in speed and become harder throughout the test until you reach the aimed heart rate, or symptoms begin to show.

Are There Any Preparation Instructions Before My Test?

At Brookhaven Heart, prior to a stress test we recommend that four hours before your appointment you should drink only water – no food. As you will be “exercising” on a treadmill for the test, keep that in mind when deciding what to wear. Consult with your doctor prior to your appointment about what medications you take.

Schedule Your Stress Test Today

Again, your heart’s health is one of the most important thing, and you need to protect it. If you are experiencing some abnormal symptoms, schedule an appointment with us at Brookhaven Heart as soon as possible by calling our main office number at 631-654-3278 or booking an appointment online. We have locations serving Patchogue, New Hyde Park, and Hicksville.