Stress Test (TMT)

Exercise Stress Test (TMT)

To determine the effects of stressful exercise on the heart, Exercise Stress Test is a well-known method used for decades. It allows doctors in the diagnosis of presence or absence of coronary artery disease i.e. blockages as well as to assess the effects of the therapy. Usually, a 30 minutes test, involves walking on a treadmill which is attached to supervising the electrical activity of the heart. With a regular interval, the speed and incline of the treadmill keep increasing.

Once the adhesive electrodes are attached to the chest to capture ECG, the test starts and it’s important for the patient to inform your doctor about any symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness, unusual shortness of breath, or extreme fatigue. Once you’re completed with the procedure you will be asked to lie down to measure your resting Blood pressure, heart rate & ECG.

Why TMT?

A TMT is performed to ascertain the following conditions:

  • To identify a congenital heart problem like Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) wherein blood vessels/arteries get clogged, diseased, or damaged.
  • To determine the functioning of your heart post a heart attack or angioplasty.
  • To detect repressed heart conditions like shallow breathing, dizziness, chest discomfort, and abrupt bodily weaknesses.
  • To monitor the efficacy of medications applied to cure diseases such as angina and ischemia.
  • To discern any abnormal heartbeat rate because of exertion caused by exercise

Dr. Omkar S. Thopte

MD (Medicine), DNB (Cardiology) Fellow Interventional Cardiology (Sri Sathya Sai Institute, Banglore-Cleveland Clinic, USA)