Treadmill Stress Test

What is a treadmill stress test?
A treadmill stress test consists of a patient walking on a treadmill and exercising until they cannot continue. The treadmill increases in speed and incline throughout the test following a special protocol. A person does not need to worry about being physically fit for this test, it measures your heart function not your exercise endurance. The entire test takes approximately one hour.

How should I prepare for my stress test?
You cannot eat or drink for four hours prior to your test. You can take your medications with a small sip of water (unless your physician advises otherwise). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Let the scheduler know if you are diabetic. After the test you may return to your normal routine without restrictions.

What happens during the stress test?
Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart rhythm before, during and after the test. Your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm are monitored during the test for changes. The goal for your heart rate is based on the Predicted Heart Rate of Age and you will be asked to reach 85% or greater. It is important to report any symptoms you may feel during the test to the staff.

What happens if there are changes during the test?
A “positive” test consists of EKG changes, dramatic blood pressure changes, chest pain, or other symptoms. If your test is “positive,” further testing may be necessary and your physician will discuss the options with you.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (402) 489-6555 or 800-NHI-DOCS.