A treadmill test, also called a TMT (or TMT test), is a test that is performed to diagnose patients who may be suffering from a suspected heart disease. It is also called an exercise stress test.
Why Is A Treadmill Test Done?
A treadmill test is useful for many reasons. It can determine if the blood supply to the heart is reduced.
It can also help determine if the patient’s lungs are in a good condition. It can help in determining exercise tolerance as well.
Treadmill tests are performed according to guidelines that have been laid down by the American Heart Association.
Preparing For A Treadmill Test
If you are taking medicines for blood pressure or diabetes, you doctor will advise you as to whether you should take these on the day of the test.
The treadmill test is best done on an empty stomach. This is because the exercise can sometimes make you nauseous, especially if you have had some food a short while ago.
Men will need to shave their chest till their naval. Women should wear comfortable clothing – if possible trousers and a T-shirt. Bring some comfortable shoes with you.
How Is A Treadmill Test Performed?
An exercise treadmill test is performed as an outpatient test. It involves a patient having to walk on a treadmill while being attached to an ECG monitor that records the heartbeat throughout the test.
The patient arrives at the diagnostic center ideally on an empty stomach. It is recommended that the patient wear comfortable walking shoes so that they do not experience any inconvenience or difficulty walking on the treadmill.
A full consent will be taken and the patient is then attached to the monitor using a series of ECG leads on the chest wall. Female patients will be offered a gown during the test.