Exercise Stress Testing

An exercise stress test is commonly conducted by health professionals to determine cardiac function of people with heart disease risk factors.



procedure: A progressive and maximum exercise test (starting from a walking pace and gradually increasing pace) is performed while the electrical impulses from the heart tissue are recorded by surface electrodes places on the chest wall.

equipment required: Exercise machine such as a treadmill or exercise bike, a 12-lead ECG machine and leads, sticking tape, clips and other sundries as required.

analysis: Specialist training is required to interpret exercise ECG traces. Many of the stress testing machines can perform basic analysis, though these should not be relied on fully and a well trained human eye should look at the results before any conclusions are made.

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comments: See your doctor is you think you need a stress test performed. A stress test can pick up early changes in the heart function indicating potential heart disease. The test is also known as a cardiac stress test.

qualifications: Stress tests are either performed by a medical practitioner, or a qualified health specialist with a doctor nearby.



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