What is an Exercise Treadmill Test?
Electrodes are placed on the chest to monitor the heart’s rate and rhythm throughout the test. The cardiologist will have the patient walk on a treadmill, gradually increasing the speed and incline. The patient will exercise from a few minutes up to fifteen minutes depending upon the patient’s level of ability. The test will be stopped if the patient becomes too tired or has symptoms such as chest pain. The cardiologist will be looking for changes in the EKG pattern and any symptoms that the patient may experience. At the peak of exercise, the treadmill will be stopped, and the patient will be instructed to lie down immediately on an exam table.
What preparation is needed?
- Please do not eat a heavy meal before testing
- No caffeine or smoking at least 2 to 4 hours prior to test
- Wear comfortable clothing (shorts/pants with shirt/ blouse) and walking/jogging shoes
- Medication instructions: - Take your medications as usual
- Beta Blockers* are sometimes held for a day before the test
If you are taking this medication during the morning.
DO NOT TAKE THE MEDICATION THE MORNING OF THE TEST
If you are taking this medication at night,
DO NOT TAKE THE MEDICATION THE NIGHT BEFORE THE TEST
*Beta Blockers = Metoprolol, Lopressor, Toprol, Atenolol, Tenormin, Propranolol, Inderal, Carvedilol, Coreg, Labetolol, Normodyne, Trandate, Diltiazem, Cardizem, Verapamil, Calan, Isoptin, Verelan
Canceling / Rescheduling
Time has been reserved for the physician and an echo-technician to perform this test on you. Please call at least 24-48 hours ahead of time if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment