Treadmill

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Treadmill (Graded Exercise Treadmill Test)

To prepare for the exam:

  • Eat a light breakfast
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and pants
  • Take medicines with sips of water

What to expect during the exam:

  • The sites for the electrodes will be cleaned and shaved.
  • The patient's EKG and blood pressure will be monitored during the procedure.
  • Patients will exercise by walking on a treadmill. Every three minutes, the speed and grade of the treadmill will be increased.
  • As the individual exercises longer and harder, the heart rate and blood pressure will increase.
  • This is normal and the patient will be monitored as the test progresses.

For more information about the treadmill test, call (601) 703-9210

Treadmill with Myocardial Nuclear Profusion

This exam usually consists of two parts: rest and stress. The rest phase involves administering cardiolyte by injection while the patient is at rest, waiting up to one hour, then undergoing a heart scan by a special Nuclear Medicine camera.

The second phase involves exercising on a treadmill while the patient's blood pressure and EKG are monitored. Cardiolyte is injected again at peak exercise, following by another heart scan. This procedure allows the doctor to compare the amount of blood flowing through the heart during stress and rest. If the patient is unable to walk on the treadmill, a special medicine will be used instead.

What to expect during the exam:

  • A nurse will start an IV line in the patient's arm, Cardiolyte will be injected, and then the individual will have approximately an hour wait prior to the heart scan.
  • The camera will be placed close to the patient's chest while laying flat on the imaging table.
  • During imaging, the camera will take pictures at various angles. It is important for the patient to remain very still while the images are being taken. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete this portion of the exam.
  • The patient will then exercise by walking on a treadmill, or a medicine will be used if the individual is unable to walk. The speed and grade of the treadmill will gradually increase. As the patient exercises longer and harder, the heart rate and blood pressure will rise. This is normal and the individual will be monitored along with an EKG.
  • Cardiolyte will be injected through the IV line approximately 1 minute before the end of exercise.
  • The imaging portion of the exam will then be repeated, and patient's IV line will be removed.

To prepare for the exam:

  • No food or drink after midnight. This will prevent the possibility of nausea, which may accompany vigorous exercise after eating. Medicines should be taken with a sip of water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and pants.
  • Expect the sites for the EKG pads to be cleaned and shaved in the lab.

For more information, call (601) 703-9210