Dr David Lipkin
Cardiac Heart Specialist
Exercise Stress TestA stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps us to know how the heart copes with exertion.
The test can show if the blood supply is reduced to the heart. You will walk slowly in place on a treadmill. The speed is then increased for a faster pace and the treadmill is tilted to produce the effect of walking up a hill.
You can stop the test at any time if needed after which you will sit or lie down to have your heart and blood pressure checked.
The heart rate and blood pressure and electrocardiogram are monitored during the test.
We may recommend you have a stress test to diagnose if you have got coronary artery disease to exclude other causes of chest pain and breathlessness or light-headedness, to determine the safe level of exercise for you, to check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve coronary circulation e.g. angioplasty, and to predict the risk of a dangerous heart attack occurring in the future.