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Treadmill Stress Test

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What is a Treadmill Stress Test?

This test is done while the patient walks on the treadmill. During the test, the walking speed and the hill incline will gradually increase.

How to Prepare for the Procedure

You should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

What to Expect during the Procedure

You will be undressed from the waist up so that EKG patches and a blood pressure cuff can be applied (women will be given a hospital gown and may leave their undergarments on). You are encouraged to exercise "as long as you can" attempting to reach a certain heart rate that is based on your age. If you experience significant symptoms or become too tired, the exercise test is stopped. You will be helped to a cart, and asked to rest while lying down for 5-15 minutes.

After the Procedure

The test results will be evaluated by a cardiologist, either during your stay or later that same day.

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