Treadmill Exercise Stress Testing
Stress testing is also known as treadmill testing or graded exercise testing. During the test you will be asked to walk on a treadmill which gradually increases the speed and grade. Your electrocardiogram, blood pressure and symptoms will be continuously monitored. The test will be stopped when your symptoms warrant it or if a strongly positive result or arrhythmia occurs. Treadmill testing is useful to assess the presence and severity of coronary artery disease, and if present to determine the prognosis and to guide therapy or intervention. Treadmill testing may show changes in the electrocardiogram (ECG) which could the blood supply to your heart is reduced. Chest pain or shortness of breath may accompany these changes. Unfortunately treadmill testing
is not perfect. About 30% of the time false positive results may be obtained. This may make further testing necessary to rule
out coronary disease or assess its severity..
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