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Treadmill Stress Testing

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 echocardiogram.

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.

The Results

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.

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