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Stress

A stress test is primarily used to identify coronary artery disease. It requires patients to exercise on a treadmill while their heart rate, blood pressure, ECG and symptoms are monitored.

Exercise Stress Testing remains the best initial non invasive coronary test. This test is particularly useful for detecting inadequate supply of blood to the heart muscle caused by blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to determine safe levels of exercise in people with existing coronary artery disease.

During stress testing, the nurse applies 10 electrodes to the patient’s chest which will record their ECG during the test.  The patient will be asked to walk on a treadmill at increasing intensity until reaching their target heart rate or until they experience fatigue, dizziness or chest pain. The test is interpreted by an internist and the patient will be given their test results before leaving their  appointment.  a report is also sent  to the referring doctor.

To have a stress test, a referral from a doctor is required. Stress tests are done on Monday and Wednesday mornings and appointments are booked by calling Diagnostic Imaging 613-623-7962 x214.

On the day of your test, register with the clerks at the Outpatient B Entrance with your requisition and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A list of your current medications is also required.

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