Exercise Stress Test. An Exercise Stress Test (EST) is used to evaluate the response of your heart to exercise.

This is a non-invasive test which will help your doctor to determine the appropriate treatment you should have as well as the amount of exercise appropriate for you to do.

Including preparation, this test usually takes 30-40 minutes.


1. Do not eat or drink anything that contains caffeine for at least four hours before the test. If you are hungry eat only a light meal before the test. Do not eat a full meal for 1-2 hours before this test.

2. If you are a smoker DO NOT smoke within four hours of the test.

3. Wear comfortable sneakers or gum sole shoes and loose fitting clothing.

4. Check with your doctor regarding your medication schedule. You may be asked to stop or change your schedule prior to this test.

5. You will be asked to sign a consent form before the test.

6. Come to the hospital Patient Registration Desk 15 minutes before your test is scheduled.

During the Test

1. An electrocardiogram (EKG) will be taken.

2. You will be asked to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike with the EKG attached.

3. Your blood pressure and EKG will be monitored continuously before, during and after the exercise part of this test.

4. If you experience any discomfort during this procedure, please tell the doctor and staff.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any other questions or concerns about the test, please ask your doctor.

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