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What Happens During a Treadmill Stress Test?

Happens During a Treadmill Stress TestIf you are at risk for suffering a heart attack or heart disease, your physician may want you to undergo a treadmill stress test. When you are being evaluated for heart conditions, it can be stressful and confusing. You may not know what to expect. Brookhaven Heart always wants our patients to be prepared and have all the information they need prior to their procedures or testing. Here is a bit of information on what will happen during a treadmill stress test.

Why a Stress Test?

To determine what heart problems you may have, your doctor may order a stress test. A stress test can rule out certain heart conditions and determine how to proceed with treatment. A stress test is completed on a treadmill or through a chemical injection, depending on the individual’s health status. A treadmill stress test will determine how your heart reacts while under stress. The physician will evaluate heart rate, pressure, and your heart’s rhythm throughout the exam.

Treadmill Stress Test Procedure

An exercise or treadmill stress test takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes. You may be asked to fast prior to your procedure. You will slowly walk on a treadmill as the position gradually increases the speed of the treadmill or resistance. Once your heart rate reaches the target, or you start displaying symptoms, you will be asked to stop. Your heart will be monitored until you return to your baseline.

After the Treadmill Stress Test

After the test, you may be required to have a set of pictures taken of your heart. You will arrange this with your heart specialist and have everything done the same day. This can take some time, so it is important that you make arrangements to be free for a few hours on the day of your tests.

If you believe you may require a treadmill stress test, contact Brookhaven Heart at (631) 654-3278. Call today to schedule your appointment with our heart specialists.