C-health COVID-19 Update

Treadmill Exercise Stress Test

A test used to assess the response of the heart muscle to increased physical activity.

The treadmill stress test is used to assess the response of the heart muscle to increased physical activity in a controlled setting.
This test helps evaluate known, suspected or potential heart problems. The results of this test will also be used to determine your proper exercise prescription, if you are to be enrolled in an exercise program. It involves monitoring your heart’s response to a standardized protocol of exercise.

How to Prepare for this Test

Please do not take any of the following medications on the morning of your test:

  • All Beta Blockers and certain Calcium Channel Blockers
  • Atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor)
  • Verapamil (Isoptin, Chronovera)
  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Monocor (Bisoprolol)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Timolol (Blocadren)
  • Propranolol (Inderal)
  • Labetalol (Normodyne)
  • Sotolol (Sotacor)
  • Pindolol (Visken)

Wear comfortable clothes for exercise including running shoes or soft-soled walking shoes, shorts or jogging pants. Men will exercise without a shirt; women please wear a short-sleeved button closing loose top or baggy T-shirt, and a bra without an underwire. Bring a towel to wipe yourself down with after the test.

On the morning of your treadmill stress test please do not apply any oils, powders, or lotions to your skin.

On the day of your test, eat a light meal before coming to the clinic for your treadmill session.

What Happens During this Test

This test will be performed on a treadmill. Self-adhesive electrodes will be attached on your chest prior to beginning the test. While exercising, the workload on your heart will gradually increase. The speed and incline of the treadmill will be increased at three-minute intervals. In effect, you “walk faster up a bigger hill”.

During the procedure, your pulse, blood pressure and heart tracing will be carefully monitored until you achieve your age-predicted target heart rate or until you exhibit symptoms such as tiredness, shortness of breath or chest discomfort and indicate you can no longer continue. The exercise technician will remain at your side and the physician will be present in the room, or in direct visual contact with you, throughout the procedure.

Emergency equipment and trained personnel are available to deal with any unusual situations that may arise.

Day 2

To learn more about the treadmill stress test, watch our video where Dr. Nanji walks you through the process.