Treadmill Stress Test

A treadmill stress test evaluates your heart rate at intervals as you rest and exercise on a treadmill. The test shows your physician how well your heart muscle contracts and whether any areas are deprived of blood.

What You Need to Know

  • The test takes about 30 minutes.
  • A physician will be by your side during the test.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing; you will be walking on a treadmill.
  • Don't eat or drink after midnight on the night before your test.
  • Bring to the test a list of all medications you take, including over-the-counter medications. Ask your physician in advance if you should stop taking any medication before the test.