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Cardiac Stress Test (Stress ECG) Services in Leicester

Comprehensive Cardiac Stress Test (Stress ECG) Services in Leicester

At Cardiac Consulting, we prioritise your heart health by offering advanced Cardiac Stress Test services right here in Leicester. Our Cardiac Stress Test, also known as Stress ECG (Electrocardiogram), is a vital diagnostic tool designed to evaluate the performance of your heart under exertion.

What is a Cardiac Stress Test?

A Cardiac Stress Test involves monitoring your heart's activity while you exercise. This test helps us assess how well your heart functions when it's working harder than usual. During the test, you'll either walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike while connected to an ECG machine. This allows us to monitor changes in your heart rhythm, blood pressure, and other vital signs during physical activity.

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The Cardiac Stress Test (Stress ECG)

This test checks your heart's activity at rest and during exercise.

You need to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we may have to cancel your appointment as the test is around 30 minutes and may cause delays to other patients. If you have a condition (temporary or permanent) that could affect you walking on a treadmill, you need to tell us. It is better to do this when you are first referred for the test, and if you have the test, let your cardiac physiologist know.

Make sure you are well rested that day and try to avoid any heavy exercise. If you are feeling unwell (with something like a cold or chest infection) you need to let us know. We will need to reschedule your test to make sure the results are accurate.

It is really important to do your absolute best in this test. We want you to put in as much effort as you can, and to continue until you are exhausted. If you feel like this is not possible, contact us before the test.

We will put ten sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest. These connect to the ECG machine and will record your heart's rhythm and electrical activity.

We will first take a resting ECG and put a blood pressure cuff on your arm. During the test, we will take your blood pressure every three minutes.

When you get on the treadmill, you will start walking slowly at first. After every three minutes, we will increase the speed and slope of the machine. This will make your heart and body work faster. You should keep going as long as you can, but after 15 minutes, we will start to slow down the treadmill. If you need to, you can ask for the treadmill to be stopped at any point during the test, but try to do as much as you can. Make sure you wait until the treadmill has completely stopped before stepping off.

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