Cardio Stress Test

A stress test will help us to determine how the heart functions during exercise and will be able to diagnose and personalize the most effective heart treatment for you. The primary goal of a stress test is to identify abnormalities in the blood flow within the arteries of the heart. The secondary goal of the stress test would be to evaluate the heart rhythm, blood pressure and EKG response to exercise as monitored. By having a stress test we can diagnose: heart attack, heart disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and congential heart disease.

Before the stress test begins, keep in mind that your baseline heart rate and blood pressure will be documented. Several small patches will be applied on different locations of your body and a blood pressure cuff will be on your arm throughout the entire test.

During the stress test, you will be asked to exercise on a treadmill, starting slow while gradually working your pace and resistance up.

If you have any physician limitations please let us know beforehand. Stress tests are generally safe but if for any reason a person is having difficulty, a medical professional will be on hand for assistance.

For more information, contact us or call 915-532-8233 for a free consultation.

What to wear

  • Wear comfortable walking or running shoes
  • Wear clothing that can be easily removed
  • You may be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up; women may wear a gown

Before the test

  • Let us know all the medications you are currently taking
  • Avoid any food and drinks containing caffeine
  • Please do not eat, drink, smoke or have any sort of caffeine for 3 hours before the test

During your test

  • Chest skin will be cleaned with alcohol and shaved if necessary
  • Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor heart rhythm
  • Blood pressure cuff will be on your arm
  • You will be advised on how to walk on the treadmill
  • Speed and elevation will increase with time
  • Exercise as long you can or until you are asked to

After the test

  • You can resume your normal activity, unless indicated otherwise
  • Results will be sent to your primary physician