A Simple Explanation
This is usually done with a computerized treadmill unit, which controls the motor speed of the treadmill as well as monitor the ECG.
What is TMT?
TMT or Treadmill Test is done on a patient to assess the heart’s response to external stress in a controlled environment, with a patient is connected to an ECG and blood pressure monitoring. The test is done by inducing the stress either through exercise using the treadmill or by drug stimulation.
The patient has to be fasting to undergo the test. The test is conducted on an empty stomach because after food consumption, then the digestion will increase the cardiac activity and thus interfere with the assessment.
If the test is for diagnostic purposes then the patient should not take medications. But if the test is conducted to assess the effort tolerance while the patient is on treatment, then medications can be taken.
This test is recommended for patients with medium risk of coronary heart disease. The risk factors usually include family history of coronary artery stenosis, smoking, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.
This exercise stress test is a used frequently now to assess the chances and extent of the heart disease and gauge the effects of the treatment.
The Test Stages
During the Test
Note: The patient must inform the doctor of any difficulties, like chest pains or breathing problems.
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