Exercise Stress Test
Exercise Stress Test is commonly used to determine the presence of narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the heart. It also examines the heart function and blood flow after a heart attack.
Before starting an exercise program, a stress test may be performed to determine a person’s physical capability to exercise.
Special Types of Stress Tests
Stress echocardiogram: by utilizing echocardiogram before and after exercise, your cardiologist can determine where there is a blockage in your heart artery.
Nuclear imaging exercise stress test: by injecting a radioactive tracer into your arm vein before and after exercise, the images where there is a blockage in your heart artery.
Pharmacologic nuclear imaging stress test: this nuclear stress test is designed for patients who can’t walk or run on treadmills.
How to Prepare for a Stress Test
- Avoid coffee
- Review your medications with your provider at least 1 day before the stress test
Duration of the Stress Test:
- Regular exercise stress test: 45 Mins
- Stress Echocardiogram: 60 Mins
- Nuclear imaging exercise stress test: 3 Hours
- Pharmacologic nuclear imaging stress test: 2 Hours