What is an Exercise ECG (stress test)?

This is a non-invasive test. The test is designed to check your heart function.  You may have this test if you have palpitations or irregular heartbeat. You will be exercising on a treadmill for this test, you will also be monitored by an ECG machine.

How does it work?

To set this test up you will firstly have electrode gel tabs applied to your chest, then leads will be attached to the electrodes with those being attached to the ECG Monitor.   Once this is complete you will now be asked to get on a treadmill.  The treadmill speeds and inclination will vary, this is so your heart can be monitored at slow, normal, and fast pace whilst you are exercising on the treadmill.  You will be monitored the whole time by your healthcare professional and will be able to communicate with them if you are feeling any discomfort. 

What do I have to do first?

Make an appointment first. This test will be carried out in our clinic.

What do I need to do before my appointment?

Preparation for your appointment is important.

Loose clothing and walking or running shoes. Make sure you are wearing loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed.  

Attachment of the electrodes.  Do not use talcum powder or creams or body lotions before your appointment, these may lessen the adhesion of the tabs/electrodes.  Males may need to shave small parts of their chest to ensure the electrodes/tabs will stick to your chest.

Eat sensibly. Do not eat a heavy meal 2 hours before your appointment. No alcohol or caffeinated beverages to be consumed and do not smoke before the appointment.

Medication.  Advise your doctor before you come for the test what medications you are taking.  Follow your doctor’s advice as some medications may interfere with results.