A cardiac exercise stress test shows how well your heart handles exercise.
Your doctor may recommend a stress test to;
- Identify the cause of chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness & lightheadedness
- Identify any heart rhythm changes
- Diagnose possible coronary artery disease
- Determine your risk of heart disease. The stress test involves cycling on a stationary bicycle. The bicycle will start on a low incline at a slow speed and will usually increase in incline or speed every 2-3 minutes.
Your ECG and blood pressure response to exercise are monitored during the test.
The test will continue until you reach your maximum level of exercise, although it can be terminated at any stage if you experience chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath or concerning signs noted on ECG or blood pressure analysis.