Exercise Stress Testing In Atlanta
To determine the presence of significant coronary artery disease (blockages in the arteries supplying the heart itself), stress testing is routinely performed. Electrodes are applied to the chest wall, and EKG leads are connected. The patient is then instructed to walk on a treadmill using a standardized protocol.
If the patient has a significant blockage inside one or more arteries, he or she may experience chest discomfort. There may also be a change in the EKG during the test. Besides determining the presence or absence of coronary artery disease, stress testing is also used to assess a patient’s exercise capacity and to evaluate for exercise-induced arrhythmia.