An Exercise Stress Test is to assess how your heart responds to physical exertion. The test is primarily to diagnose for significant coronary artery disease, and may also assist in the investigation of abnormal heart rhythms and assist in decision making in valvular herat disease. Simply put, if you have any blockages in your coronary arteries, these may only become evident during exercise. Our echo-test results should reveal any anomalies consistent with coronary artery disease.
The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and involves walking on a treadmill. Throughout the test, a nurse or a technician will supervise you. Your pulse, blood pressure and heart rhythm will be monitored throughout the procedure. You will be asked about any symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest discomfort or dizziness.
Please advise our staff if you are diabetic. In addition, do not stop any medications prior to the test unless you have been advised to do so by your doctor. Bring comfortable shoes and wear shorts or clothes suitable for exercise. You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to proceeding with the test.
A report will be generated by the Cardiologist, this will then go to your referring Doctor, usually on the same day or overnight if done late in the afternoon. You should contact your referring Doctor for your results and any follow up required.
We are conveniently located in Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway in the Specialist Medical Centre (take the exit for ‘Base Hospital’ at traffic lights). There is plenty of parking. We are on Level 2 in Suite 208.
Please take a ticket at the boom gate and bring to your appointment for validation for free parking.