Noninvasive | Exercise ECG Test

The exercise test involves walking on a treadmill. The treadmill starts off at a slow pace on a flat level and the speed and the incline gradually increases. The ECG is recorded during the test and gives an indication of how your heart responds to exercise. The investigation is important for making a diagnosis of chest pain and monitoring the effect of any treatments which have been given to you. If you have any
difficulty walking please inform the doctor beforehand. In particular if you are limited by arthritis, peripheral vascular problems, unsteadiness or lung problems, you should mention these to the doctor before being booked for the test.

Some drugs should be stopped before an exercise EGG. The doctor or nurse who has ordered your test will tell you whether or not you should stop any of your drugs. The relevant drugs are:

  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Bisoprolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Celiprolol
  • Digoxin
  • Metroprocol
  • Pindolol
  • Propanolol
  • Sotatol
  • Tenoretic
  • Timolol




You may restart them as soon as you have completed the test.

Please wear comfortable clothing and low-heeled supportive shoes. Please do not eat a heavy meal, drink or smoke for at least 2 hours before the test. When you attend for the test, an ECG and blood pressure cuff will be attached and these will be monitored throughout the test. A technician and nurse will be with you throughout the test. You will be asked to walk on the treadmill, while the speed and inclination of the treadmill is increased gradually. If you experience any chest pain, shortness of breath which is becoming limiting, or dizziness you will be asked to tell the technician. The technician will stop the test when the appropriate endpoints have been reached. You will then rest for some minutes before the ECG electrodes will be removed and you will be allowed to go. There are facilities to shower before going.

The results of the test are available to the doctor on the same day.


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