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A cardiac stress test ECG is also known as a stress test, exercise ECG, or treadmill test. A cardiac stress test ECG evaluates how your heart performs and functions during exercise, and is used to assess the general health of your heart. It can also detect poor physical fitness, irregular heartbeats, and coronary artery disease. The test is often performed for people with abnormal heart rhythms,
A cardiac stress test ECG is also known as a stress test, exercise ECG, or treadmill test. A cardiac stress test ECG evaluates how your heart performs and functions during exercise, and is used to assess the general health of your heart. It can also detect poor physical fitness, irregular heartbeats, and coronary artery disease. The test is often performed for people with abnormal heart rhythms, chest pain, or those planning to begin an exercise regimen.
 
 
Test Procedure
 
Do not eat, consume caffeine or alcohol, or smoke in the three hours prior to your cardiac stress test. Inform your doctor if you have taken Viagra in the previous 24 hours. Wear loose fitting clothes for a comfortable, proper procedure. Your baseline blood pressure and heart rate will be recorded before the test begins. Your doctor will apply some small patches of electrodes to your skin on several areas of your body. Your arm will wear a blood pressure cuff for the duration of the procedure.
 
You will then exercise on a treadmill or other equipment like a stationary bike, gradually increasing your pace and resistance. Your blood pressure and heart’s electrical activity will be continually recorded throughout the test.
 
If you have physical limitations that prevent you from exercising on equipment, a stress test is still possible by injecting a chemical that safely raises your heart rate. In either situation, stress tests are generally safe and prompt medical attention is nearby should complications arise. After the test, your doctor will go over the results with you.