Treadmill Stress Testing in Fremont
Testing a Heart’s Response to Exercise
Patients with a risk of heart disease will sometimes be asked to take a
treadmill stress test by the doctor. These exams allow doctors to review
the body’s response to exercise and look for risks of coronary disease
or other cardiovascular issues. To create a more complete diagnosis, they
are often prescribed in addition to an
Your doctor may suggest a stress test if:
- You have had a heart attack
- Your family has a history of heart disease
- You have diabetes and are planning to engage in strenuous physical activity
- You experience frequent chest pain
Washington Township Medical Foundation has a team of skilled cardiologists
trained to administer and review stress tests in Fremont and the surrounding areas.
What Does the Test Involve?
First, numerous electrodes are attached to the patient’s chest. These
electrodes send signals to an
EKG that measure heart rate. The electrodes may burn or sting slightly, but
should not cause much discomfort.
Next, the patient begins walking or running on a treadmill. The speed of
the treadmill will gradually rise to make the exercise more intense. Someone
will question you periodically to gauge how you are feeling. When you
start to feel discomfort, such as dizziness or chest pain, you will have
a brief cooldown period before stopping.
If your doctor informs you that the test results are normal, it means you
are capable of exercising the same or better than other people your age
and gender. Abnormal results could mean you have coronary heart disease
or abnormal heart rhythms. In either case, knowing these things early
on is useful so that you can discuss with a physician the type of physical
strain your body can handle.
Have you heart rate checked through a stress test or similar exam at Washington
Township Medical Foundation. We are a full-service medical center in Fremont
staffed with experienced and capable physicians and surgeons.