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Stress Electrocardiogram (EST)

An Exercise Stress Electrocardiogram (EST) is used to assess the effect of exercise on the electrical activity of the heart.

Patients will be asked to walk on a treadmill with the speed and incline increasing every three minutes. Electrodes attached to various places on the chest continually record the hearts activity, while blood pressure is taken at three minute intervals.

The test is stopped once the maximal heart rate is reached, or in the event patients experience any pain, fatigue or discomfort.


Please wear comfortable shoes and a two piece outfit, as you may be required to remove clothing from the waist up. If the clothing you are wearing is not suitable, you will be given a gown to wear during the test. Please refrain from using lotion or talcum powder on your chest on the day of the appointment.


This test is performed at the Brisbane Cardiology Office.


Medicare rebate is available.


20 minutes.