A stress test is most commonly used to objectively determine how the heart functions during stress or activity in a non-invasive way. It can also sometimes be used to determine the presence or absence of symptoms in patients with other structural heart conditions.

The test usually involves walking on a treadmill or using an exercise bike. During the course of the test the speed and work required gradually increased to 'stress' the heart. On occasion a drug is administered through a drip to speed the heart up (for example when a patient in unable to perform the required exercise).

The most common types of stress testing include:

  • Exercise treadmill testing (ETT)
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Perfusion cardiac MRI (CMR)

Please click on the images below for more information with regards to each of these modalities

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