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Cardiac stress test helps doctors see how well your heart can cope during exercise, when the body's need for oxygen puts extra demands on the heart. Other names for this test are: graded exercise test, exercise tolerance test, exercise stress test, or exercise electrocardiography.

The test helps them:

  • Determine whether coronary arteries are at risk.

  • Determine the cause of chest pain or other cardiac symptoms.]

  • Assess the heart's functional capability after a heart attack or heart surgery.

  • Evaluate potential for heart disease.

  • Determine limits on your exercise ability.

  • Detect extra heartbeats (also called arrhythmias, during exercise.

  • Evaluate a medicine's capacity to control chest pain or extra beats during exercise.