Sometimes called a treadmill test and as your body works harder during this test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
How it works?
If a patient take the test then:
- Is hooked up to equipment to monitor the heart.
- Walks slowly in place on a treadmill. Then the speed is increased for a faster pace and the treadmill is tilted to produce the effect of going up a small hill.
- May be asked to breathe into a tube for a couple of minutes.
The patient can stop the test at any time if needed. Afterwards will sit or lie down to have their heart and blood pressure checked.