The EKG stress test is performed similarly to the normal EKG, however it determines how well your heart performs under pressure or times of stress. During the procedure, you will exercise on a treadmill while Dr. Kohani and staff will monitor your vitals, (blood pressure, heart rhythms, heart rate, etc). At the point when your heart rate reaches its peak levels, we will take the ultrasound imaging of the heart. If you are having chest pains or are recovering from a heart condition a stress EKG may be in order to examine the heart.
This test mainly determines the heart’s blood and oxygen levels within the heart while you are exercising. This determines how much exercise you can safely tolerate, as well as if your heart is strong enough for cardiovascular procedures.
Prepping for the Test
- Refrain from eating or drinking 2-3 hours prior to the test.
- Refrain from smoking on the day of the test, as nicotine can raise your heart rate.
- Refrain from coffee, or anything containing caffeine the day of the test.
- Check with Dr. Kohani about taking certain medications the day of the test, as some may cause issues with your heart during the test.
- Wearing athletic shoes, and clothing. You will be asked to run on a treadmill.