Treadmill Exercise Exam (Stress Test)

This test checks the function of the heart during and after physical activity. Electrodes (small, adhesive patches) will be attached to your chest. With a physician present, you will be monitored for blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm (EKG), while walking on a treadmill. The treadmill starts slowly and, at regular intervals, the speed and elevation of the treadmill are increased to make your heart work harder. The way your heart responds can tell the physician how well blood flows to your heart.

1 hour in the Cardiovascular Department


  • Wear loose clothing for exercising (tennis shoes, shorts, etc.)
  • No eating after midnight for morning appointments (you may have water)
  • If your appointment is after 12 noon, you may have a light breakfast and lunch
  • Take your usual medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician--please bring a list of medications with you
  • No smoking on the day of the exam
  • Diabetic patients are encouraged to ask their physician for instructions when diet or medication changes are requested

If you have questions about preparing for this test, call your doctor or MyMichigan's Cardiovascular Department at (989) 839-3570.

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