A cardiac specialist at Queen’s Heart may recommend a Treadmill Stress Test, or Stress Test, to evaluate your heart function when it is “stressed” after you walk on a treadmill. This test is useful to examine the causes of chest pain, arrhythmias and other conditions, allowing the cardiovascular specialists to evaluate how well your heart works during physical activity.
You will be asked to walk on a treadmill, the speed and incline of which will change gradually during the test. Your heart will be monitored during the test using an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) to determine your heart rate and any changes in your heart’s rhythm.
This test is painless and involves no risk. Test results will be sent to your physician who will discuss them with you.
This test takes approximately one hour. You will be asked to stay for approximately 30 minutes following the test to assure you do not have any problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, pain into your jaw or back and/or dizziness.
Following the test, if you experience any chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, pain into your jaw or back or dizziness, call your doctor and 911 immediately.
Please call Queen’s Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Also, please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.