Stress ECG

Exercise stress ECGs are used as a non-invasive way to increase heart rate and blood flow to the heart. Stress ECGs are one method cardiologists can use to assess for blocked arteries in the heart, but may also be used to assess for heart rhythm disorders or other abnormalities of the heart. If your cardiologist advises you to have a stress ECG, you should attend the appointment in comfortable clothing and footwear and be prepared to walk on a treadmill at a brisk pace.

What to bring

  • Original request form for the test (if provided by your referring doctor)
  • Any concession cards, including valid Medicare and any private health care cards
  • List of current medications

What to wear

Ensure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes to allow you to walk at a brisk pace.


The appointment lasts for 45 minutes and the whole test will be completed within this time.


The final results of your stress test will be sent to your referring doctor within 24 hours of the test being performed.