Heart Disease is a Silent Killer
Exercise Stress Test (Cardiac Stress Test)
Exercise Stress Testing(EST) is a cardiovascular stress test that uses treadmill exercise with electrocardiography (ECG) and blood pressure monitoring. Basically, we continuously monitor your heart rhythm and activity while we put it under load - this is where the exercise (running) comes in.
As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart.
This will let us know the overall contractility of the heart and the rate of perfusion of the heart under extreme stress. The better your heart vessels are at adapting to being worked out, the better the blood flow will be to the heart and therefore with no shortage of blood supply, there will be less risk of you developing a heart attack under normal circumstances.
Exercise Stress Test is done in conjunction with other tests such as a proper physical examination, blood investigations and other tests to get a better understanding of the coronary (heart) health.
The Exercise Stress Test is a simple but effective tool for:
Diagnose a coronary artery disease
Identify a possible heart-related cause of symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness
Determine a safe level of exercise per individual
Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve coronary artery circulation in patients with coronary artery disease
Predict risk of dangerous heart-related conditions such as a heart attack (risk stratification)
Executive Health Screening
Exercise Stress Test (EST) / (Treadmill Test)
- Please let us know about any pre-existing medical conditions you may have. This includes a list of medications or supplements you might be taking. If you have an inhaler or other medications that you are actively taking, please bring them with you.
- Do not consume caffeine (or caffeine based products) 24 hours prior to the test
- Drinking water and having a modest meal is fine but do not eat a hearty meal prior to the exercise stress test. It is best to be fasting for at least six hours prior to the test.
- Wear comfortable exercise clothes and running shoes (this is essentially running on a treadmill). Avoid loose baggy clothes if possible.
- If you have a hairy chest or excessive body hair, a light shave of specific areas might be required to attach the electrode patches to conduct the test.
- Once the set up and preparations for the test is done, we will begin the test with the supervision of the doctor in charge.
- Expect it to run between five and 20 minutes depending on the state of health and test readings.
- Each stage of the test will be three minutes long.
You will be continuously monitored throughout the process. Once the test is complete, you will be advised to rest and hydrate.
We will review the results together and the report will be given to you with a copy of the stress testing results as well.