Exercise Stress Test

Exercise Stress Test

This test is used in order to gather information about how your heart responds to exertion, and diagnose possible related conditions. Exercise stress tests are performed by a physician or trained technician in order to determine the amount of stress your heart can handle before developing either an abnormal rhythm, or evidence of ischemia, which is not enough blood flow to the heart. Stress tests can be used to assist in diagnosing heart disease, identifying abnormal heart rhythms, assess the function of the heart valves, evaluate the effectiveness of heart medications, develop a safe exercise program, and check for various other heart-related issues. Exercise stress tests generally include using a treadmill or stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty while your blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiogram are monitored.