Stress Electrocardiogram (Stress ECG)

An exercise stress test shows how well your heart handles exercise. This can take various forms including stress ECG and stress echocardiograms.


Your doctor may recommend a stress test to:

  • Identify the cause of chest pain – as well as shortness of breath, dizziness and light-headedness
  • Diagnose possible coronary artery disease – if you’re showing signs and symptoms
  • Check the effectiveness of certain procedures – such as coronary angioplasty and stenting or cardiac bypass surgery
  • Help create a safe exercise plan – if you have heart disease risk factors
  • Identify any heart rhythm changes – usually experienced during exercise
  • Determine your risk of heart disease – or other heart-related conditions

What are the risks of having an exercise stress test?

An exercise stress test is non-invasive and very safe. You’ll be accompanied by a nurse who will monitor your health and check for any concerns.