A stress test is also known as a stress EKG test, myocardial perfusion stress test, exercise test or treadmill test. This diagnostic tool helps your doctor determine whether your heart is getting enough blood while you exercise.
A technician first monitors blood flow to your heart while you rest, then again as you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. If you cannot exercise, your doctor may give you medication that makes your heart beat fast and work hard, as if you were exercising. Your doctor will then compare the two test results.
When you choose to undergo stress testing at an Aurora Health Care facility, you can expect:
Allow about an hour for your stress test. During the procedure:
Learn more about EKGs.
You are free to resume your regular schedule and eat, drink and take any necessary medications. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids.
A specialist – an electrophysiologist or cardiologist – will review your stress test results and share them with your doctor.
Your doctor will then discuss your stress test results with you. Depending on your results, your doctor will determine the best treatment options for you.
Your doctor will give you personalized instructions on preparing for your test. However, we typically will recommend the following:
Before the test, do not: