Test Preparation
Stress Test

A stress test (GXT) is performed to evaluate how the heart responds to exercise stress.

Before the Test: You may have a light meal before your test. This reduces the likelihood of nausea that may accompany strenuous exercise after a heavy meal. Discontinue caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc.) for at least 4 hours prior to the test. We suggest you wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise.

During the Test: During the test you will walk on a treadmill while being monitored to see how far you walk and if you develop chest pain or changes in your ECG that suggest your heart is not getting enough blood flow.

After the Test: You will be able to return to your normal activities when the test is complete, unless your physician or technician tells you otherwise.

What to Bring: To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition.