Treadmill Stress Test

Amelia Heart & Vascular Center is a respected leader in vascular medicine serving the Northern Virginia area.

What is a treadmill stress test?

An exercise treadmill stress test is a noninvasive way to measure the ability of the heart to handle stress. As you exercise, your heart has to handle a higher demand. The treadmill test allows physicians to detect any blockages in your heart; if there is a blockage, the EKG may appear abnormal since particular parts of your heart may not be getting enough oxygen.

Why do I need an exercise stress test?

An exercise stress test is important to rule out ischemia, which is reduced blood flow to the heart. It also ensures that your heart responds appropriately to exercise and reveals any irregular heart rhythms. Overall, this test allows physicians to see if there are blockages or irregular rhythms, clearing one for exercise and surgery.

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