CARDIAC STRESS TEST
A stress test is an assessment done in two parts. In a very controlled situation, the heart is stressed using either exercise on a treadmill or a chemical injection, depending on the status of the individual getting the test. Heart rate, rhythm, and blood pressure are continuously monitored throughout the entire exam. During the second phase of the test, pictures are taken of the heart. These pictures are compared with pictures taken prior to the exercise portion.
What to Expect
The patient may use a treadmill for a period of time to elevate the heart rate. While the exercise stress test itself usually takes around 10 or 15 minutes, part one of the test takes about 30 or 45 minutes total. We suggest blocking off most of your morning, because you will need to go in for follow-up photos about two hours later, for the second part of the test.