What happens during a treadmill stress test?
A physician and a technician will be present for your stress test and will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and any signs of fatigue.
For this test, electrodes with wires will be placed on your chest and attached to a belt you will wear during the test. A blood pressure cuff will be wrapped around your arm. Electrocardiogram (EKG) tracings and a blood pressure reading will be taken at rest. As the test begins you will be asked to walk on the treadmill at a comfortable speed. The treadmill will gradually increase in speed and incline until the desired heart rate is obtained. The physician will stop the test when your heart rate has attained a predetermined level based on your age, or earlier if needed. EKGs and blood pressure readings will be taken until the test is completed.
A treadmill stress test will take approximately one hour to complete.