Stress Test for Heart

Treadmill Test (TMT) - also known as an exercise electrocardiogram, treadmill test, graded exercise test, or stress EKG -- is used most often to test the health of the heart. It lets your doctor know how your heart responds when it is put under stress. You'll walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike. When a person is lying or sitting, the heart beats around 70-80 times per minute. When a person starts walking or running, the heart rate goes up. As the heart rate is increasing, ECG readings are recorded alongwith the Blood Pressure. The test is completed once the person achieves Maximum heart rate which is 220 minus the age of the patient.

Adenosine Stress Test: This test is used in people who are unable to exercise. A drug is given to make the heart respond as if the person were exercising.

Nuclear stress test: This test helps to determine which parts of the heart are healthy and function normally and which are not.

When is TMT Test Done

Treadmill Test is done in the following conditions:

To determine if there is adequate blood flow to the heart during increasing levels of activity.

To evaluate the effectiveness of heart medications to control angina and ischemia.

To determine the likelihood of having coronary heart disease and the need for further evaluation.

To check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve blood flow within the heart vessels in people with coronary heart disease.

To identify abnormal heart rhythms.

To help you develop a safe exercise program.

How TMT is Done

The Cost of Treadmill Test at Bahra Hospital is Rs. 2,000. The patient should come wearing sports shoes and ideally should be wearing a track suit. ECG leads are attached to the chest of the patient, two leads are attached to the wrists and two to the ankles. The patient is first made to lie on a couch and resting ECG is done. Then the patient is asked to stand and breathe heavily, again ECG is recorded. After this the patient is asked to walk on the treadmill and continuous ECG's are done. After every 3 minutes, the machine's incline becomes steeper and the speed also increases. BP is recorded after every 3 minutes. The heart rate is displayed on the computer monitor. Once the person achieves 85% of the maximum heart rate then the test can be stopped. However if the patient is not feeling any discomfort, then the test can be continued till the patient achieves maximum heart rate which is 220 minus the age of the patient. Once the treadmill is stopped, the patient goes into the recovery stage and asked to lie down on the couch. The heart rate and BP starts coming down. The recovery stage can last from 6-9 minutes. During this time also the ECG is getting recorded. Once the test is completed, all these ECG's are evaluated by the Cardiologist to see any kind of abnormality.

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