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Running Towards Health: Treadmill ECG

Updated: Mar 6

Exploring the Benefits of Treadmill ECG in Keeping Your Heart Strong


Doctor monitoring computer while a man runs on a treadmill

The Treadmill ECG is a valuable tool for assessing overall cardiovascular risk, including the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke within the next five years. While it's not directly responsible for strengthening our heart, it serves as a diagnostic test to provide crucial insights into our heart's condition.


Imagine the Treadmill ECG as taking a brisk walk in our local parks, but with the added benefit of being connected to a machine that monitors our heart's response to the activity. It's a straightforward process – we keep moving, and the machine takes care of the rest, offering valuable information about our heart's health.


What to Expect

During this test, you’ll walk or run on a treadmill while connected to an ECG machine. This machine monitors your heart’s electrical activity as the treadmill’s speed and slope are gradually increased.


Every heartbeat generates an electrical signal that travels through your heart, and this journey is what the ECG records. The test reveals how well your heart copes with exertion and can help identify issues that only appear when your heart is working hard.

This will aid doctors in evaluating your heart’s health.


Aftercare

Listen to your body. After the test, you might feel a bit tired, especially if you don’t usually exercise. But don’t worry, this is normal. Just take it easy and rest if you need to. Once the test is done successfully, you can return to your daily activities and diets, unless instructed otherwise. You should be able to continue day-to-day activities with ease.


After your Treadmill ECG, it’s important to keep up with heart-healthy habits. Try to eat whole grains, fruits, and vegetables every day. Limit salt and high-fat foods. And don’t forget to exercise as directed.


Potential Side Effects

Worried about feeling dizzy or tired during the Treadmill ECG? Don't stress! We'll chat about common concerns and clear up any worries, so you can stride into your check-up with confidence.


A Treadmill ECG is a routine and safe procedure, but like all medical tests, it has a few potential side effects. These include:


  1. Unusual heart rhythm - This is very rare, happening less than 0.2% of the time.

  2. Heart attack - This is extremely rare, with a 0.1% chance.

  3. Death - This is also extremely rare, with a 0.1% chance.

  4. Falling

  5. Chest discomfort

  6. Feeling out of breath, dizzy, or faint

  7. Heart not pumping well

  8. Muscle or joint injury

Please remember, that these side effects are rare. The test is always conducted under the watchful eyes of healthcare professionals to ensure your safety. If you have any worries, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before the test. They’re there to help and make sure you’re comfortable with the process.


And that’s it, folks! Taking care of your heart doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little knowledge and the right care, you can keep your heart beating strong.


At Sunrise Heart Specialist Clinic, Dr. Woo and his team are dedicated to keeping your heart healthy. With years of experience and a passion for heart health, we provide top-notch care tailored to your needs. Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier heart. Your heart doesn’t rest, and neither do we.





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