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This is an ECG carried out whilst you are walking on a treadmill. This test is usually carried out for people who complain of exercise-induced shortness of breath or chest pain.
The test takes around 20-30 minutes (depending on how long you manage on the treadmill) and is carried out as an outpatient. Ten sticky electrodes are placed over your chest and abdomen. A small monitor is worn on a belt around your waist. These are attached to an ECG monitor that follows the electrical activity of your heart during the test. You will then walk on a treadmill or pedal on an exercise bicycle.
As you exercise, readings are taken and relayed to a computer, recording vital statistics about your performance. These are then analysed by the consultant cardiologist, who will then be able to diagnose potential problems and suggest an action plan for treatment.
Exercise Stress Test / Exercise Tolerance Testing