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Stress Test

Stress Test by Dr. Kedar Kulkarni

An article by Dr. Kedar Kulkarni about “Stress Test”. A stress test, also known as an exercise test or treadmill test, is used by doctors to find out how well a patient’s heart works during physical activity. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster, an exercise stress test can reveal problems with blood flow within your heart.

A stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Or you’ll receive a drug that mimics the effects of exercise.

The exercise stress test — also known as an exercise electrocardiogram, treadmill test, graded exercise test, or stress EKG is used most often.

Old man on stress test machine

Why take a stress test?

The doctor may recommend a stress test to find out if the patient:

  • Has heart-related symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Is suitable for an exercise program or cardiac rehabilitation program, and if so, how hard they should exercise
  • Is responding to heart treatment
  • Needs other tests to detect narrowed arteries, such as a coronary angiogram
  • Has arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm.