Referred to as a stress test, TMT, or a treadmill test, this procedure aids your physician in assessing how effectively your heart manages its workload. As your body engages in more strenuous activity during the test, its energy demands increase, prompting your heart to pump a greater volume of blood. This evaluation can unveil whether there exists an insufficient blood supply through the arteries that supply the heart.
What Is a Stress Test?
The stress test is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.
Your doctor uses the stress test to:
- Determine if there is adequate blood flow to your heart during increasing levels of activity
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your heart medications to control angina and ischemia
- Determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation
- Check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease
- Identify abnormal heart rhythms
- Help you develop a safe exercise program
What happens during the test?
- Before coming for the test, Male patient/client should shave their chest hair
- You’re hooked up to equipment to monitor your heart.
- You walk slowly in place on the treadmill.
- It tilts so you feel like you’re going up a small hill.
- It changes speeds to make you walk faster after certain time interval.
- You can stop the test at any time if you need to.