Stress testing is a type of functional test that involves patients using either a treadmill (most centres) or a recumbent bicycle in a pre-specified graded exercise protocol.
The test is conducted with either ECG and blood pressure monitoring alone, or in conjunction with an echo (heart ultrasound) – the latter improves the diagnostic accuracy of the test.
Indications for the test
Assessment for significant coronary artery disease
Assessment of severity of valvular heart disease (in selected patients only)
Assessment for exercise induced arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders)
Evaluation of breathlessness (i.e. suspected heart problem)
What to expect
You will be connected to a set of electrodes (ECG dots) and a baseline ECG (heart trace) will be recorded. You will be asked to lay on a bed and a baseline resting ultrasound scan will be performed. Following this, you will be asked to walk on a treadmill beginning at 2.7 km/h, which slowly increases in speed and incline every 2 minutes until you reach your maximum level of exercise, develop ECG changes or symptoms that require you to stop (this can last 5-10 minutes, and younger patients may be required to jog). A repeat ultrasound of the heart will be performed as quickly as possible after exercise to examine your hearts response to exercise.
Cardiology Tasmania has 5 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea and Rokeby. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.
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Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS
Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS
Midlands Multipurpose Health, 13 Church Street, Oatlands, TAS
Swansea General Practice: 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS
Knopwood Medical Centre: 46 South Arm Road, Rokeby, TAS