An exercise stress test is also called a stress electrocardiogram (EKG) or treadmill test.   The goal of the exercise stress test is to raise your heart rate by walking on the treadmill. Small pads called electrodes are placed on your chest to monitor your heart rate.  Exercise on the treadmill begins slowly, and gradually gets more difficult. Your EKG and blood pressure will be monitored throughout the test.  Please notify the staff if you develop any symptoms during the test.  Your test will be read by one of our cardiologists after testing is completed. Physicians use the exercise stress test for different reasons depending on the conditions of each patient.  Some of the reasons include:


  • evaluate the cause of chest pain
  • to establish a baseline for patients  who have cardiac risk factors
  • to determine how well your heart tolerates exercise and activity





1.      Take all your medications unless your physician has instructed you to hold them.

2.      You may eat up to 3 hours before test.  Water is allowed anytime.

3.      Please refrain from caffeine and smoking the day of test.

4.      Bring your doctor’s prescription for the test with you.  Bring your medications.