A stress test is also called an exercise, heart or cardiac stress test. This test checks how your heart works under stress and can show if there is blockage in your blood vessels. You will either be given medicine, or you will exercise on a treadmill or an exercise bike.
During the Test
- Small pads are put on your chest to check your heart rate.
- A blood pressure cuff is put on your arm. Your blood pressure and heart rate are checked often.
For a Stress Test with Medicine:
- An IV (intravenous) is put in a vein in your arm.
- The medicine that stresses your heart is put into your IV.
- When a certain heart rate is reached, the test ends.
For a Stress Test with Exercise:
- You exercise by walking on a treadmill or riding an exercise bike.
- The exercise gets harder every few minutes.