Exercise Stress Testing

An exercise stress test involves rapid walking on a treadmill, using a standard protocol (the “Bruce” protocol), while connected to an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine. It is used for coronary artery disease screening, evaluation of chest pain and palpitations, screening prior to beginning significant physical exertion (such as joining a gym), for the detection of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and to determine the effectiveness of various cardiac medications, such as medication for high blood pressure (hypertension).