A GXT or “Stress Test” is used to help the physician diagnose any potential heart arrhythmias or angina from blockages in the coronary arteries in the heart.
Before showing up to the office for the test:
- Do not apply any oils or lotions to the skin 24 hrs before the test
- Make sure you are wearing non restrictive clothing to do exercise in and bring or wear running shoes
- Make sure you withhold any medications as directed
- Bring all medications you are taking, or an up to date prepared list of all medications you are taking
- Do not eat a heavy meal before the test
During the test:
- A registered Cardiology Technologist or nurse will be performing your stress test
- You will be hooked up to a 12 lead heart monitoring system which will monitor your heart rhythm and rate throughout the duration of your stress test
- A baseline electrocardiogram and blood pressure will be taken at the beginning of your stress test
- A physician will briefly asses you before the test to ensure your safety
- When on the treadmill you will start out at a slow walk on a slight incline and the treadmill will increase slightly in speed and incline every 3 minutes
- This increase of incline and treadmill speed will continue until a specific heart rate is reached
- When the required hear rate is reached the treadmill will be slowed down to a stop.
- You will then be monitored for a period of 5 minutes or more to ensure your safety