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Cardiac Stress Test (Treadmill)

Where do I register?

University Hospital is pleased to offer Fast Track, a convenient online pre-registration service. Registering with Fast Track will allow us to verify all demographic and insurance information prior to your visit, so that all of your paperwork is completed and your wait time is decreased. You may use Fast Track if your physician has scheduled you for this procedure or test. Please register two business days prior to your hospital visit. You also may call 706/774-2125 to pre-register if you prefer. Please report to registration on the Heart & Vascular Institute's first floor at your scheduled check-in time.

Where do I park?

Patients and visitors can park in the Heart & Vascular Institute's dedicated flat parking lot off St. Sebastian Way. If you need wheelchair assistance, please park in the main hospital parking deck. 

What is the test?

A cardiac stress test is is a general screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. The test gives a general sense of how healthy your heart is.

During the test, the electrical activity of the heart is measured while you walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle. This measures the heart's reaction to your body's increased demand for oxygen.

It is a two-part test which requires both resting and stress images to be taken. There is a delay period between the images. The delay could last between 30 minutes and three hours, depending on the nuclear medicine  your physician requested for your test. You will have an IV inserted in your hand or arm prior to the stress test through which the nuclear medicine is injected. Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes as you will be exercising on the treadmill. If you are unable to exercise on the treadmill, a medication can be given through your IV to simulate the effects of exercise.

Test Preparation

Do not eat or drink past midnight the night before your test. If you are having your stress test in the late morning or afternoon, your physician may allow you to have a light or clear liquid breakfast by 7 a.m. with nothing afterwards. If you are allowed to eat or drink, do not drink anything that contains caffeine. Your physician will inform you which of your home medications you should take prior to this test. If you are diabetic, please consult your physician about taking your insulin or other medications to control your blood sugar.

Special Considerations

Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes for exercising. Inform your physician and the Cardiopulmonary Lab staff if you have asthma or other chronic lung problems.

For additional information or if you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 706/774-2201.

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