A treadmill test, also known as a TMT, is a type of stress test that is used to assess blood flow to the heart during periods of rest and controlled periods of physical exertion, such as exercises. This test can detect and identify irregularities in cardiovascular functioning, indicating whether or not coronary artery disease is present (CAD). Apart from CAD, the treadmill test is used to assess the health of the heart, particularly after angioplasty or a heart attack.
How theProcess Will Go
The test will be explained to you by a technician, who will also collect a brief medical history and answer any questions you may have. Before, during, and after the test, your blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiogram (ECG) will be measured. You will be required to remove all upper body apparel and change into a gown with a front opening.
To take an ECG, adhesive electrodes will be placed on your chest. The electrode placement areas will be cleansed with alcohol and, if necessary, shaved. To provide a good quality ECG recording, a slight abrasion might also be employed. Your resting blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiogram (ECG) will be taken.On a treadmill, you will be instructed to walk. The walk begins softly, increasing in speed and incline at predetermined intervals. Because the test is effort-based, it is critical that you walk for as long as feasible.
Throughout the test, you will be observed. If a problem arises, the technologist will immediately halt the test. If you have any symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness, unusual shortness of breathe, or acute exhaustion, it is critical that you inform the technologist.You will be instructed to lie down after the test. After exercise, your blood pressure, heart rate, and ECG will be monitored for three to five minutes. After the test, the results will be examined by a cardiologist.