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Cardiac Stress Testing
SHHA provides cardiac stress testing to scheduled patients who have been referred by his or her doctor. The purpose of this test is to see how well your heart reacts to exercise while walking on a treadmill (moving belt). During the test, and in the post exercise period, your heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram will be carefully monitored. This data provides valuable information about the status of your heart, lungs, blood pressure, and general physical fitness.
In preparation for the test
- Bring a list of all the medications that you are currently taking, and take them as you normally would. If you are on beta-blockers (check with your doctor or pharmacist) you may need to have this medication changed 3 days prior to the test.
- Do not take erectile dysfunction medication for at least 24 hours prior to test.
- Do not drink any beverages containing caffeine (pop, coffee, tea) and please try not to smoke for at least 4 hours prior to the test.
- Light food may be eaten up to 2 hours before test. If you are diabetic, take your insulin or diabetes medication and eat a normal breakfast. You may drink water during the 2 hours prior to the test.
- Refrain from alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to the test.
- Wear clothes suitable for exercise. Your shoes should be comfortable and secure on your feet (running shoes if you have them). Wear socks. If it is wet outside, please bring dry shoes.
- Do not use bath oils or creams on your chest area for 2 days prior to the test.
- It is advisable to have someone available to drive you home following the test.
PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE TEST
If for any reason you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please call us at 519-235-5164.
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