What is Effort Test?
Effort test is one of the general screening tests used to test the effects of exercise on the heart. It is one of the general screening tests performed by cardiologist and technician and gives information about the general health of the heart. During the test, the patient's electrical activity (electrocardiography - ECG) is recorded and analyzed on the computer while walking or running. This test measures the heart's reaction to increased oxygen demand. Disorders that are not seen in the ECG taken during normal rest can be revealed by this test.
How is the Effort Test done?
Before testing, the electrodes are placed on the patient's chest. The patient's ECG and blood pressure are measured before starting exercise. The patient is asked to walk or run on the walking band. The patient continues the ECG and blood pressure measurement while walking or running on the walking band. The patient's electrical activity is recorded and analyzed on the computer while the patient is doing all this on the walking band. The test continues until the targeted heart rate is reached or until the patient says he cannot continue. The speed of the walking belt is increased by the specialist physician or technician at regular intervals.
What should be considered when coming to exercise test?
The patient should not eat or drink at least 3 hours before the test.
If not specifically indicated, the patient should take the medication.
Wear and clothing to allow training should be worn.
If the medication used is taken on the day of testing, ask the doctor.
Why is Effort test so important?
Determiningthe causes of chest pain, evaluating the exercise capacity of the heart, determining the appropriate exercise levels in the patients who will start the exercise program, investigating the effectiveness of the drugs used by the patients, determining the risk in patients with heart attack and determining the rhythm disorders during exercise.