What is an exercise treadmill test?

Exercise treadmill testing measures the performance and capacity of the heart. You’ll be asked to walk on a treadmill while your heart is monitored.

 

What’s involved in an exercise treadmill test?

 
Everything we do is done to give you the best experience possible through your treatment and beyond. The GenesisCare team is here to make sure you’re comfortable and confident about your procedure. The test is usually carried out to assist in making a diagnosis of coronary artery disease, although it can also be used to evaluate a patient’s capacity to undertake certain physical activities or occupations, assessment of prognosis in patients with heart disease and the effect of treatment on symptoms. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
  • It’s best not to eat, drink coffee, energy drinks or alcohol or smoke for 2 hours before the test.
  • Small metal disks called electrodes will be attached to your chest and sometimes your limbs.
  • The electrodes have wires which are attached to an electrocardiogram machine that will monitor your heartrate during the procedure.
  • Your blood pressure and pulse will be monitored throughout the test.
  • You will be asked to walk slowly on a treadmill.
  • The speed and gradient of the treadmill will be increased throughout the test.

One focus. Your well-being.

 
The GenesisCare team’s top priority is your well-being. Complications from an exercise stress test are rare and the test is only carried out in facilities with experienced medical staff and specialised equipment on hand should any problems occur.

Patient preparation information

This measures your exercise capacity and monitors your electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise on a treadmill (usually – some limited centres have a bicycle). It takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete. If you are having an Exercise Stress Echo you will have an echo (ultrasound examination of the heart) pre and post exercise. If you cannot walk on a treadmill please advise us prior to the test so that a more appropriate test can be arranged.

  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Wear a 2 piece outfit and comfortable footwear.
  • Do not wear talc, body lotion or neck chains.
  • Have a light meal only.
  • Do not consume caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 2 hours prior to the test.
  • You will need to undress to the waist.
  • Men may require part of the chest to be shaved.
  • Electrodes will be placed onto the chest and an ECG lead connected and worn on a belt around your waist.
  • A gown is then worn over this in some circumstances.
  • You will be supervised by an experienced Doctor and Cardiac Technician.
  • Your blood pressure, pulse rate and electrocardiogram will be monitored continuously.
  • The test will be stopped when the Doctor feels it is appropriate.
  • You will be monitored for 5 minutes upon completion of the exercise.
  • During this time you will receive some feed back about your performance by the supervising Doctor.
  • Drinking water and a towel are available.
  • You will be asked to remain seated in reception for a further 10 minutes to ensure you are fully recovered prior to leaving the medical centre.
  • A full report will be sent to your Doctor after the results have been reviewed by a Cardiologist.

This measures your exercise capacity and monitors your electrocardiogram, heart rate and blood pressure while you exercise on a treadmill (usually – some limited centres have a bicycle). It takes about 30 – 45 minutes to complete. If you are having an Exercise Stress Echo you will have an echo (ultrasound examination of the heart) pre and post exercise. If you cannot walk on a treadmill please advise us prior to the test so that a more appropriate test can be arranged.

  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Wear a 2 piece outfit and comfortable footwear.
  • Do not wear talc, body lotion or neck chains.
  • Have a light meal only.
  • Do not consume caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 2 hours prior to the test.
  • You will need to undress to the waist.
  • Men may require part of the chest to be shaved.
  • Electrodes will be placed onto the chest and an ECG lead connected and worn on a belt around your waist.
  • A gown is then worn over this in some circumstances.
  • You will be supervised by an experienced Doctor and Cardiac Technician.
  • Your blood pressure, pulse rate and electrocardiogram will be monitored continuously.
  • The test will be stopped when the Doctor feels it is appropriate.
  • You will be monitored for 5 minutes upon completion of the exercise.
  • During this time you will receive some feed back about your performance by the supervising Doctor.
  • Drinking water and a towel are available.
  • You will be asked to remain seated in reception for a further 10 minutes to ensure you are fully recovered prior to leaving the medical centre.
  • A full report will be sent to your Doctor after the results have been reviewed by a Cardiologist.

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Discovery Way Murdoch University, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia

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24 Salvado Road, Wembley WA, Australia

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Unit 4, 60 Arnisdale Road, Duncraig, WA, 6023

Joondalup – Shenton House (Cardiology)

Level 3, Shenton House, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup, WA 6027

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Kalamunda Specialist Centre, 37 Elizabeth Street, Kalamunda, WA

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Midland Medical Specialist Care, 23 The Crescent, Midland, WA 6056

Murdoch (Cardiology)

St John of God Wexford Medical Centre, Level 4, Suite 68-72, 3 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch, WA 6150

Nedlands (Cardiology)

Suite 20/21 Hollywood Medical Centre, 85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA

Rockingham

Suite 1/11 Council Avenue, Rockingham, WA 6168

Yokine (Cardiology)

Royal Street Specialist Centre, Cnr Royal Street & Wanneroo Road, Yokine, WA 6060

0894803000

Albany

136-138 Lockyer Avenue, Albany, WA 6330

Augusta

Augusta Hospital, 11 Donovan Street, Augusta WA 6290

Bunbury (Cardiology)

Suite 21, St John of God Hospital, Southwest Health Campus, Corner of Roberston Drive & Bussell Highway, WA, 6230

Busselton (Cardiology)

19 Albert Street, Busselton WA, Australia

Collie

Collie Hospital, Steere Street N, Collie, WA 6225

Denmark

Denmark Health Service, 50 Scotsdale Road, Denmark WA, Australia

Dunsborough

Dunn Bay Road, Dunsborough WA 6281, Australia

Karratha

Karratha Health Campus Outpatients Department 62 Balmoral Road KARRATHA WA 6714

Mandurah (Cardiology)

1/5 Murdoch Drive, Greenfields WA 6210

Manjimup (Cardiology)

Warren District Hospital, 1 Hospital Avenue, Manjimup WA 6258

Margaret River Hospital

17 Farrelly Street, Margaret River WA, Australia

Port Hedland

Hedland Health Campus, Outpatient Department, Port Hedland WA 6721

Wesley Medical Centre (Oncology)

The Wesley Medical Centre, 1/40 Chasely St Auchenflower, Brisbane, QLD, 4066

Chermside

Chermside Medical Complex, Lower Ground Floor, 956 Gympie Road, Chermside QLD, 4032

Nambour (Oncology)

10 Mapleton Road, Nambour, QLD, 4560

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Bundaberg, Mater Hospital (Oncology), 313 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

Fraser Coast

Fraser Coast, St Stephen’s Private Hospital, 1 Medical Place, Urraween, Qld, 4655

Rockhampton (Oncology)

Rockhampton Hospital, Lower Ground Floor, Canning Street, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700

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St Andrew's Medical Centre Clinic, Level 2. 321 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

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284 Kensington Road, Leabrook, SA 5068

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979 North East Road, Modbury, SA, 5092

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6 Verdun Street, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253

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29 North Street, Angaston, SA, 5353

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Thomas Street, Broken Hill, NSW, 2880

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Ernest Terrace, Wallaroo, SA 5556

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St Andrew's Hospital, 352 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000

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Lilydale Private Consulting Suites, 475 Swansea Rd, Lilydale, VIC, 3140

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Balwyn Consulting Suites, 481 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn VIC 3103

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Health and Wellness Centre Level 1, Suites 8-10, 20 Scholar Drive, Bundoora, VIC, 3083

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Suite 1, 1008 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East VIC 3109

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Heidelberg

Suite 1, Warringal Private Hospital, 216 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg VIC 3084

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Parkville

Level 4, Suite 22, Melbourne Private Medical Centre, Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

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Whittlesea

Whittlesea Specialist Centre, 79-81 Church Street, Whittlesea VIC 3757

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Berwick (Cardiology)

Unit 2 / 11 Gloucester Avenue, Berwick VIC 3806

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Langwarrin

Langwarrin Suites 1 & 2, 35 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin VIC 3910

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Pakenham

Level 2, 2-9 Village Way, Lakeside Square Medical Precinct, Pakenham VIC 3810

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Clayfield

Oriel Place, Suite 3, Level 1 531 Sandgate Road Clayfield QLD 4011

Greenslopes

Ramsay Specialist Centre Suite 212, Level 2 Newdegate Street, Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

Hervey Bay (Cardiology)

Urraween Medical Centre, Suite 4/156 Urraween Road, Urraween QLD 4655

Mater Brisbane

Mater Private Clinic Suite 5.02 & 5.11, Level 5 550 Stanley Street South Brisbane QLD 4101

Mount Ommaney

Mount Ommaney Medical Centre Shop 6/171 Dandenong Road Mt Ommaney QLD 4074

Sunshine Coast (Cardiology)

Suites 14 & 15, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya QLD 4575

Wesley Hospital Auchenflower (Cardiology)

Level 5, Suite 91 Sandford Jackson Building 30 Chasely Street Auchenflower QLD 4066

Beaudesert

Lavender House 37 William Street Beaudesert QLD 4284

Capalaba

Rooms Bayside Level 1, The Hub Corner of Rickey & Loraine Street Capalaba QLD 4157

Emerald

Central Highlands Healthcare Ltd. Trading as Emerald Medical Group Lot 1, Pilot Farm Road, Emerald QLD 4720

Gladstone (Cardiology)

Mater Hospital (Outpatients Department), 50 Rosella Street, Gladstone, QLD, 4680

Gympie

Gympie Specialist and Diagnostic Centre, 74 - 76 Channon Street, Gympie QLD 4570

Jimboomba

Jimboomba Medical Centre Shop 14, Jimboomba Shopping Centre Mt Lindesay Highway Jimboomba, Qld, 4280

Kingaroy

Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital (formerly South Burnett Private Hospital), 31 Markwell Street, Kingaroy QLD 4610

Maryborough

St Stephen's Medical Centre Suite 2, 166 John Street Maryborough QLD 4650

Rockhampton (Cardiology)

Mater Hospital (Outpatients Department) 31 Ward Street Rockhampton QLD 4700

Roma

Vital Health, 20 Quintin Street, Roma QLD 4455

Springfield

Priority Health Orion Shopping Centre, 1st Floor, 1 Main Street, Springfield QLD 4300

St Vincent's Toowoomba (Cardiology)

St Vincent's Private Hospital, Toowoomba, Scott Street, Toowoomba City QLD 4350

Friendly Society Private Hospital (FSPH) Bundaberg

Floor 1, 19-23 Bingera Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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Base Hospital Bundaberg (Cardiology)

Cardiac Investigations Unit, Bundaberg Base Hospital, Bourbong Street, Bundaberg West, QLD, 4670

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Vermont South

Vermont Consulting Clinic, Vermont South Medical Centre, Level 3, Suite 3-5a, 645-647 Burwood Hwy, Vermont South, VIC, 3133

St Andrew's Medical Centre (Sleep Medicine)

level 2, 321 South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Joondalup – Shenton House (Sleep Medicine)

Level 3, 57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup WA 6027

Joondalup Health Campus

Suite 103, Specialist Medical Centre West, Grand Blvd & Shenton Ave, Joondalup, WA, 6027

Murdoch (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 68-72 Wexford Medical Centre, Level 4, 3 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch WA 6150

Nedlands (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 20/21 Hollywood Medical Centre, 85 Monash Avenue, Nedlands WA 6009

Perth Mount (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 3 Mount Medical Centre, Level 3, 140 Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 6000

Yokine (Sleep Medicine)

Royal Street Specialist Centre, Cnr Royal Street & Wanneroo Rd, Yokine WA 6060

Bunbury (Sleep Medicine)

Suite 21, St John of God Hospital, Southwest Health Campus, (Cnr Robertson Drive & Bussell Hwy), Bunbury WA 6230

Busselton (Sleep Medicine)

19 Albert Street, Busselton WA 6280, Australia

Mandurah (Sleep Medicine)

1/5 Murdoch Drive, Greenfields WA 6210

Manjimup (Sleep Medicine)

Warren District Hospital, 1 Hospital Ave, Manjimup WA 6258

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

501 Stanley St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Ballow Chambers Spring Hill

121 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Butterfield St, Herston QLD 4029

Ipswich

Boulevard Specialist Suites, 17 Limestone St, Ipswich, QLD 4305

North Lakes

9 McLenna Court, North Lakes QLD 4509

Nambour (Sleep Medicine)

Hospital Road, Nambour QLD 4560

Benowa

The Lung Centre, 144 Ashmore Rd, Benowa QLD 4217

Robina

481 Robina Towun Centre, Robina QLD 4230

North Street Medical Centre

St Andrew’s Hospital, North Street, Spring Hill, QLD, 4000

Mackay Rehabilitation Hospital

Mackay Rehabilitation Hospital, 57 Norris Road, Mount Pleasant QLD 4740

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Hollywood Private Hospital

Hollywood Private Hospital, Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging, Monash Ave, Nedlands WA 6009

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Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital

Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital Suite 20/3 Doherty St, Birtinya QLD, 4575

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Surrey Hills

Union Road Specialists Centre, 203 Union Road, Surrey Hills, VIC, 3127

balwyn@hcvic.com.au

Pulse Oceanside Medical

Pulse Oceanside Medical, Suite 402, 11 Eccles Boulevard, Birtinya, QLD 4575

Westside Private Hospital (Cardiology)

Westside Private Hospital, Suite 309, Level 3, 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Margaret River Surgery (Cardiology)

Margaret River Surgery, 1 Station Road, Margaret River WA, Australia

Margaret River Surgery (Sleep)

Margaret River Surgery, 1 Station Road, Margaret River WA, Australia

Cockburn (Sleep)

Cockburn Health & Community Centre, Level 1, Suite 11, 11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164

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