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Treadmill Stress Test

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.


What to Expect During a Treadmill Stress Test

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.


Preparing for your Stress Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food or Drink: It is okay to eat a light breakfast (coffee or tea and toast or cereal) at least two hours before the appointment. You should not eat or drink within two hours of the testing.
  • Medications: Please consult with your physician if you should hold any of your medications before taking this treadmill test. If allowed to take your medications as usual, please take them with small sips of water.
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for exercise.
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-registration Required

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.