Sunday, July 17, 2016

What is a Treadmill Stress System?

The recipient of a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Andrew Montana of Huntington Beach, California, has close to 30 years of engineering and sales experience. Most recently, Andrew Montana served as a district manager with Integra/Miltex, where he managed the sales training and motivation of over 400 medical distributors with a concentration on medical products that included treadmill stress test systems.

The treadmill stress system, or exercise electrocardiogram (ECG), is a medical instrument used by clinicians to observe changes in a patient during aerobic exercise. Sometimes abnormalities in the heart or its supporting blood vessels can only be observed when a patient is exercising or walking on a motor-driven treadmill. The ECG interprets the heart’s electrical rhythm output by wave-line tracings of spikes and dips.

A treadmill stress system exam helps to determine the origins of a patient’s unexplained chest pressures or pains and can help a doctor determine the most prudent course of treatment to manage angina. An ECG also may reveal the cause of fainting, dizziness, or rapid or irregular heartbeat a patient may experience during exercise. Finally, checking for narrow or blocked arteries after a patient has undergone a coronary artery bypass surgery or an angioplasty can also be achieved with the exercise electrocardiogram.

In preparation for a treadmill stress system test, it is suggested the patient eat a light breakfast. In addition, it is important to wear comfortable, flat shoes, light shorts or sweatpants, and to remove all jewelry from the neck, arms, and wrists. The exam is performed on an outpatient basis and may last up to 30 minutes.