Exercise Stress Test (Exercise ECG)
This test is performed for a number of reasons, including the evaluation of chest pain or shortness of breath, other exercise-related symptoms such as dizziness or palpitations, to evaluate the ability of the heart to accelerate normally during exercise, for prognostic evaluation in patients with known or suspecte heart disease, and to assess fitness for various tasks including motor vehicle licencing.
The test is non-invasive, and takes approximately half an hour including the set-up phase, exercise protocol and recovery period. The test is supervised by a cardiologist and results are available at the time.
The test entails walking on a treadmill, and is thus suitable for most but not all patients. Preparation requires wearing appropriate clothing and comfortable walking or running shoes, and patients are advised to avoid eating immediately prior to the test.