Cardiac stress test (or Cardiac diagnostic test) is a test used in medicine and cardiology to measure the heart's ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The cardiac stress test is done with heart stimulation with exercise on a treadmill with the patient connected to an electrocardiogram (or ECG). When conducted with the use of an electrocardiogram (ECG), the test is most commonly called a cardiac stress test, but is known by other names, such as exercise testing, stress testing treadmills, exercise tolerance test, stress test or stress test ECG.
Under the guidance of our Internists and Cardiologists, our Cardiac Technicians conduct our stress testing service. For a treadmill stress test, your history is documented and after a brief explanation you will be connected to an ECG monitor to obtain a baseline reading and resting blood pressure. Your heart’s performance will be monitored whilst you are walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the treadmill’s speed and steepness of slope to observe the effect of increased exertion. The test administrator or attending physician monitors your symptoms and blood pressure response while monitoring your hearts electrical performance.
Our Cardiologists and Internists will often be able to give you a good insight into the test results at the time of the cardiac stress test. Following a full review by our cardiac technician and then our specialist physicians, your family physician will receive a detailed report on your cardiac stress testing results within several days of your test.