Surgery center

Cardiac Stress Test

Keeping you heart healthy is of the utmost concern to us at Decatur Morgan. And helping us monitor your heart can be as simple as getting on a treadmill. By giving you a Cardiac stress test, we can diagnose how well your heart is pumping during exercise. The test works by recording your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill. If you are not able to walk on a treadmill, you may be given medicine that will produce the same results as exercise. The test is also called a stress electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG).

Before Your Test

  • Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it’s okay to take them before test.
  • Avoid food and drinks containing caffeine.
  • Don’t eat, drink, smoke, or have any caffeine for 3 hours before test.

Getting Ready

  • Wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.
  • Wear a shirt, blouse, or sweater that you can remove easily. You may be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up. Women may wear a gown.

During Your Test

  • Electrodes (small pads) are placed on your upper body and a blood pressure cuff on your arm. These are used to monitor your heartbeat and blood pressure during and after the test.
  • Someone will assist you on how to use the treadmill.
  • You will then be asked to exercise for several minutes. Expect the exercise to be easy at first. It will slowly get harder.
  • Exercise as long as you can, or until you are asked to stop.

Report Any Symptoms

During the test, be sure to tell the health care provider if you feel any of the following:

  • Chest, arm, or jaw discomfort
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Leg cramps or soreness

After the test you can resume your normal activity. The results of the test will be sent to your doctor.

Be sure to keep your follow-up appointment.