Cardiac Exercise Stress Test

Cardiac exercise stress test allows your doctor to learn how well your heart functions when it is made to work harder. This test can help detect heart problems that may not be apparent at rest. During the test, blood pressure and an EKG will be monitored and recorded. A technician will explain how to safely use the treadmill or stationary bicycle. Possible common and rare side effects will also be discussed and any questions will be answered before the test begins. The exercise portion of the test usually lasts for 5 to 15 minutes. However, you should allow approximately one hour for the entire test that includes “prepping”, exercise, and recovery. The data collected during the test will be interpreted and reported to your physician.