Why did my doctor order a basic cardiovascular stress test?
What preparations will I need to make?
How is the test administered?
How long will the procedure last?
What will the recovery be like?
What happens after the test?
Will my insurance cover this?
Who should I contact with questions about this test?
1. Why did my doctor order a basic cardiovascular stress test?
Your doctor asked you to have a stress test at Advocate Christ Medical Center to determine whether your heart gets adequate blood flow during stress or exercise.
2. What preparations will I need to make?
Prior to the procedure, you should avoid caffeinated beverages. Drinking decaffeinated coffee, tea or cola is allowed. You may eat a light meal up to three hours before exercise. If you are a diabetic, eat a light breakfast and take your insulin and other diabetic medications. If possible, you should not smoke the day of the test. It is wise to bring comfortable tennis shoes and loose-fitting pants.
3. How is the test administered?
When you arrive at the medical center for the test, you will be asked to undress to the waist. The skin on your chest will be cleansed and electrocardiogram (EKG) wires will be applied. You will then be asked to walk on a treadmill until you get too tired to continue or experience symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A cardiologist and a technician will be present to monitor your blood pressure and EKG continuously.
4. How long will the procedure last?
The test takes approximately 45 minutes.
5. What will the recovery be like?
There is no real recovery period. You will be free to leave when the test is finished.
6. What happens after the test?
A few days after the test, you will speak to your doctor to discuss the results.
7. Will my insurance cover this?
Depending on the type of coverage, most commercial insurance carriers will pay the major share of the cost. You should always consult your insurance company to determine proper coverage.
8. Who should I contact with questions about this test?
Feel free to consult your doctor.
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