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Most people with a heart problem have to undergo a stress test (also called as treadmill testing). It is a non-invasive test used to evaluate your heart. The results of the test allow your doctor to detect and guide the treatment of your condition.
The entire test may take one hour, including the preparation.
You don’t necessarily “pass” or “fail” a stress test. Typically, you are asked to exercise for as long as you can. This may be two or three minutes for some people and 10 to 12 minutes for others, depending on the condition of your cardiovascular system (heart and lungs). If your test is positive, it shows that your heart was not getting enough oxygen when you were exercising. This means you may have one or more blockages in you coronary arteries. Your doctor will then decide which form of treatment is best for you.