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What is a treadmill stress test?

Last Modified: August 11, 2022

Heart Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States alone. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the United States and is the leading cause of death in both men and women. CAD usually develops over time, often going unnoticed until there’s a significant blockage, resulting in a heart attack. With such startling statistics, it is important to take steps to prevent and treat CAD before it’s too late.

If you or a loved one are at high risk for CAD, are experiencing symptoms or have a family history of heart disease, your health care team or primary care physician may recommend a treadmill stress test. To help gain a better understanding of this process, Dustin Thomas, MD, PPG – Cardiology, takes a moment to walk us through the intricacies of a treadmill stress test, what patients can expect and the importance of getting evaluated.

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