Effort (Treadmill) Test is a commonly used test to diagnose and monitor cardiovascular diseases. Effort test includes having the person exercised in accordance with certain criteria to increase heart’s work load and to investigate whether there are any cardiovascular diseases that might cause decreased supply of heart muscle during this overload.
It is the most commonly used testing in Cardiology Clinics;
Following up persons with a history of coronary bypass surgery and stent implantation;
It is critical to examine the persons by a doctor and particularly evaluate their ECG of resting prior to the effort testing. The test is unable to interpret accurately in patients with a change in ECG. Such patients are advised for appropriate tests.
In addition, it might lead to serious problems to perform an effort test in those with;
Points to consider prior to an effort test:
If you are using drugs (e.g. Dideral, Visken, Lopresor, Prent, Nortan, Tensinor, Beloc, Concor, Dilatrend, Digoxin, etc.) affecting cardiac rhythm, you must consult with your doctor prior to the test to have information if you need to discontinue or reduce your drugs.
They who use drugs for hypertension must take their blood pressure reducing drugs other then the forgoing drugs. The blood pressure might elevate rapidly to a maximum level, risking the effort test. Excessively elevated blood pressure might pose a risk.