EXERCISE STRESS TEST

Getting Ready:
● Eat a light breakfast. Avoid alcohol, coffee, cola and chocolate
● Do not smoke for at least 3 hours before the test
● Wear sneakers or walking shoes and loose comfortable exercise clothes
● Bring eyeglasses if needed to fill out forms
● Take your regular dose of medicine
● Persons with diabetes: Eating a smaller than usual breakfast while taking the same amount of diabetes medicine can cause low blood sugar. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your dose of insulin or diabetes pills on the day of your test
● Bring a current list of your medications with you
● If you use an inhaler, bring it with you the day of the test

What to Expect:
You will be taken in by a technician. After lying on a stretcher, a small area of your chest will be cleaned and may be shaved. Monitor pads will be placed on this area. The technician will check your blood pressure and take your EKG (Electrocardiogram) prior to the test. After the initial EKG’s are finished, you will walk on a treadmill. You will start by walking very slowly at a slight incline, every three minutes the speed and height will increase. EKG’s and blood pressures are watched throughout the test. After a period of time, you will rest and have more EKG’s taken. A doctor or clinical exercise physiologist will be present while you are on the treadmill. The entire test should take about an hour. Test results will be discussed with you following the test.
After the test, you can resume your normal activities and diet. Your doctor will receive the results.