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Stress Treadmill Test

A stress treadmill test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while your heart rhythm, blood pressure, and breathing are monitored. You will usually be exercising on the treadmill for approximately 10 or 15 minutes. The whole procedure may take between 30 to 45 minutes.

Your physician may recommend an exercise stress test if he or she suspects you have coronary artery disease or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). A standard exercise stress test uses an EKG (electrocardiogram) to monitor changes in your heart’s electrical activity. Imaging stress tests take pictures of blood flow in various parts of your heart.

Abnormal test results may be due to coronary heart disease (CHD) or other factors, such as a lack of physical fitness.