What is it?
An Exercise Stress Test measures and records your heart’s electrical activity while you are walking on a treadmill. The treadmill will increase in speed and slope at specific intervals and your heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) will be continually monitored. A cardiologist and a cardiac nurse/technician will be present at all times. This test takes approximately 30 minutes.
- There is no specific preparation required.
What to wear
- Patients should wear comfortable loose clothes such as tracksuit pants or shorts and comfortable walking shoes such as runners. Chest hair may need to be shaved to allow the electrodes to adhere to the skin. The practice nurse/technician will do this at the time of the test. A gown will be supplied.
What to bring on the day
- A current referral from your GP or specialist
- Medicare card
- Any concession or health insurance cards
- This test is usually performed on patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease, therefore there is a minimal risk of complication. A major potential complication is suffering a heart attack during exercise testing. The risk of this occurring is rare and death has very rarely been reported (1 in 10,000). The room is equipped with experienced staff and emergency equipment should an emergency situation arise.
- The cardiologist will verbally provide you with the results at the end of the test and a report will be forwarded to your referring doctor within 24-48 hours. If the cardiologist dictates a letter, this will be sent at a later time.
Full payment will be required on the day of the test.
- Cost of service
- Starting from $3500