This test measures the performance and capacity of the heart and blood vessels in response to increasing workload (exercise). Testing consists of walking on a treadmill, the speed and gradient of which are increased every three minutes. Throughout the test a doctor will be present and your pulse, blood pressure and electrocardiography will be monitored. The test will stop if there are any observations that concern the doctor, if you become tired or breathless or if you develop chest pain or other symptoms.

If you feel unwell in any way during the test, tell the doctor immediately.

On the day of the test

  • Please bring a list of your current medications.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit and comfortable footwear (e.g. walking shoes or joggers).
  • Do not use body lotion or wear neck chains.
  • Have a light breakfast only and do not eat for 3 hours before your test.
  • Do not consume alcohol or caffeine, or smoke in the 3 hours before your test.

Immediately before starting the test

  • You will need to undress to the waist (women will be given a gown to wear while exercising on the treadmill).
  • Men may require part of the chest to be shaved.
  • Electrodes will be placed onto your chest and an ECG lead will be worn on a belt around your waist.

During the test

  • You will be supervised by an experienced Doctor and Cardiac Technician.
  • Your blood pressure, pulse rate and electrocardiogram will be monitored continuously.
  • The Doctor will conclude the test when appropriate.

After the test

  • You will be monitored for 5 minutes upon completing the test.
  • You will be asked to remain seated for a further 10 minutes to ensure you are fully recovered before leaving the Medical Centre.
  • A full report will be sent to your Doctor after the results have been reviewed by a Cardiologist.
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