Cardiac Stress Test
What is the
This test is
used to evaluate the heart's response to physical exercise, and is as simple as
riding a bicycle or taking a brisk walk. It helps your cardiologist determine
if there are blockages or narrowing in the arteries in and around the heart.
How do I
Do not eat or
drink for at least two hours before the test. Wear comfortable loose-fitting
pants, top, and sneakers or walking shoes. If you are taking any medications,
call your doctor ahead of time to find out if there are any special
instructions you should follow regarding your medicine. Plan to be at the
medical center for about two hours, including outpatient registration,
equipment setup, and completion of the stress test.
What can I
expect during the test?
You will be
asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and you will be given a gown to
wear during the test. A cardiac technician will attach several electrodes to
your chest with adhesive, and an EKG will be obtained. You will then be asked
to either walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bicycle, following protocols
designed to make your heart work hard. While you exercise, your heart rate and
blood pressure will be constantly monitored and the information stored in a computer
for analysis and for comparison to your resting vital signs and EKG.
After the test?
You may resume
your normal activities, though you might feel tired after this test, depending
on your medical condition and your tolerance for vigorous exercise.
when will I get my test results?
will discuss the results with you immediately following the test and will also
share them with your primary care physician.
the test performed?
tests are performed in the Cardiac Stress Testing Lab at Cayuga Medical Center,
101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route 96, in Ithaca.