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Stress Testing

Exam Preparation

Do not eat, drink, or smoke four hours prior to your appointment (except for water). Your last meal should not include any caffeine or alcohol. Do not use any creams, lotions, oils, or powders on your body for 48 hours prior to your appointment.

What Should I Wear

Please wear the appropriate clothing to exercise, such as activewear or workout clothes and tennis shoes.  Avoid wearing dresses, skirts, panty hose, girdles, or tights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to expect

Before you start the test, a member of your health care team places sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest, legs and arms. The electrodes are connected by wires to an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) machine. The electrocardiogram records the electrical signals that trigger your heartbeats. A blood pressure cuff is placed on your arm to check your blood pressure during the exercise stress test.

You then begin slowly walking on the treadmill or pedaling the stationary bike. As the test progresses, the speed and incline of the treadmill increases. A railing is provided on the treadmill that you can use for balance, but don’t hang on to it, as that may skew the results of the test. On a stationary bike, the resistance increases as the test progresses, making it harder to pedal. During the test, you may be asked to breathe into a tube to measure the gases in your breath as you exhale.

More Info

During exercise stress testing, the patient’s EKG and blood pressure are closely monitored throughout the test in order to evaluate the heart’s response to exercise. Stress testing can be performed with or without isotope enhancement, to assess the heart’s oxygen perfusion and coronary arteries blockages.

Locations for this exam

Royal Oak

royal_oakRoyal Oak 30701 Woodward Avenue

Sterling Heights

sterlingheightsSterling Heights 13753 19 Mile Rd

Dearborn

dearborn4407 Roemer Ave Dearborn, MI 48126