The test involves placing the usual stickers on the chest and limbs to allow for continuous monitoring of the electrical activity of the heart. The subject then exercises, usually on a treadmill. There is no set length for the stress test. The subject simply goes for as long as he or she can. In order to obtain the most information from the stress test, there is usually a “target heart rate” set, which is based on the subject’s age. Blood pressure is also checked every few minutes. During a stress test, the heart is made to work harder so that if there is any narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in poor blood supply it is more likely to be picked up on the tracing as your heart goes faster.
At our clinic, we use the latest treadmill and computerised recorders to get an accurate and detailed analysis of your results every time. Click here for more details.