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How to Prepare for a Stress Test

August 19, 2019

An exercise electrocardiogram, better known as a stress test, will give your Heart & Vascular Institute doctor important information about how you heart responds when pushed to its limit during physical exertion.

The test is performed as you exercise on a treadmill while hooked up to an electrocardiogram, or EKG, machine. By monitoring your heart rate, your doctor can find out if your heart is getting enough oxygen and blood flow when stressed.

A stress test is often recommended for people who have experienced chest pain or other symptoms related to coronary artery disease.

How to Prepare for a Stress Test

For a list of diagnostic tests available at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, click here.