An electrocardiogram stress test is a measurement of the electrical activity of the heart. Also known as an exercise stress test, the physician places electrodes on the chest, arms or legs and the patient runs on a treadmill or pedals a bike. The oxygen demand on the heart increases as the heart rate and blood pressure rises.

During the test a graphic representation, or tracing, of the electrical activity is recorded. Changes in this tracing compared to the normal tracing can help to diagnose or rule out heart-related conditions.

How to receive an electrocardiogram stress test at Inova

To receive an electrocardiogram stress test at Inova, you must have a valid written order from your doctor. Once you have your prescription order in hand, please call 877-634-6682 to schedule an appointment for this cardiac noninvasive diagnostic test.