When you are exercising, your heart is working much harder. If you are scheduled for an exercise stress test or a “treadmill test,” you will be walking or running on a treadmill while connected to an EKG machine. The electrodes placed on your chest will send signals to the machine, which can help identify a range of cardiac illnesses and conditions.
The test: What is an Exercise Stress Test Like to Experience?
Before you begin the test, you will have an EKG test to measure your heart rhythm when your body is at rest. You will be asked to breathe into a tube as a test of your lung strength. Once these preliminary steps are completed, your exercise stress test can begin.
You will first walk slowly on the treadmill. As the test moves into the next phase, both the speed and the tilt of the treadmill will be increased. If you feel any discomfort, speak up so we can stop the test.