EXERCISE STRESS TEST (GXT)

what is it?

An exercise stress test has a variety of applications. It can be used to determine if there is coronary artery disease, exercise-induced abnormal cardiac rhythms and your exercise capacity which can be used to facilitate cardiac rehabilitation.

What do I need to do?

Please bring a valid OHIP Card to your appointment. If you do not have an OHIP Card, please bring another form of government issued ID such as (Drivers License, Passport, or another provincial health card). Please also bring a signed requisition from your physician and arrive 1 5 minutes before your appointment to check in. The receptionist will verify your information and admit you for the procedure.

Please ensure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing on the day of your test as well as a list of any medications you are taking. If you are taking any Beta Blocker medication (Bisoprolol, Atenolol, Metoprolol, etc.), please speak with your referring physician to seek approval to discontinue the medication 48 hours before your test. Always speak to your healthcare provider before stopping any medication.

What can I expect on the day of the test?

Your technologist will place a series of EKG electrodes on your chest and connect you to wires that are attached to the treadmill computer. You technologist will then complete a resting EKG and blood pressure to determine your condition at rest. After that, you will start to walk on the treadmill at a low speed and inclination that gradually increase until you feel that you cannot continue. You are in control and always remember to let your technologist know how you are feeling.

how long will it take

This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

how long will it take for the results to get to my family physician?

Your results will be ready within 72 hours

 

For more information about the exercise stress test please email info@corcare.net or call 416.284.4744 to speak to one of our technologists.