An exercise stress test is a non-invasive test used to evaluate the function of the heart while it is subjected to stress. This is achieved by walking on a treadmill.
Exercise increases the heart rate and blood pressure and makes the heart beat stronger. This test is performed to help diagnose blocked arteries in the heart (coronary artery disease), assess abnormal heart beats or to check the function of pacemakers.
You may be required to have an exercise stress test if you are experiencing chest pains, unexplained fatigue, unexplained problems with blood pressure, abnormal ECG (heart) rhythms, or have a family history of cardiovascular disease. 
It may also be an employment requirement to check the heart under stress.

The Cardiac Nurse and Physician will connect you to an ECG machine and monitor your heart rhythm whilst you walk on a treadmill. This walk will start slow, increasing in pace and slope every few minutes. Our doctor will keep a very close eye on your ECG and will talk with you throughout the test to ensure you are doing ok. 

  • Your original referral or request form
  • Medicare and any Government concession pension or health care cards
  • Previous relevant imaging


Please also ensure to wear appropriate clothes and footwear for exercise.

When you make the appointment, our receptionist will take a record of any medication you are taking. This will be checked with our doctor, and you will be notified if you are required to stop taking any medication prior to the test.
You will be required to fast for 2 hours before the test. During this time you can have sips of water if needed.
Please ensure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for exercise.

The test will take approximately 1 hour from start to finish. Please not that you will not be walking on the treadmill for that amount of time. 

Exercise Stress Testing is available at the following locations: