Treadmill is a nonstop EKG recording. The function is to assess the heart's condition by recording it while doing physical exercise. Apart from detecting arrhythmia, treadmill can also be used as a screening test capable of detecting whether there is a narrowed coronary artery resulting in limited oxygen supply to the heart muscles.
Patient's preparation prior to doing treadmill:
- Skipping meal and drink (except snack and plain water) at least 4 hours before the test to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Wearing loose and comfortable clothes and shoes.
- The patient is suggested to drink specific heart medicines 1-2 days before the test.
The test is not allowed in the following conditions:
- Acute myocardial infarction or myocardial infarction complication
- Significant EKG result change showing infarct condition or acute heart condition
- Unstable angina
- Congestive heart failure
- Ventricular or atrial dysrhythmia
- Having a history of using drugs such as digoxin, diuretic, sedative, psychotropic
- Aortic stenosis or left ventricular hypertrophy
- Suspected aneurism
- Myocarditis or myocardiopathy
- Active thrombophlebitis
- Systemic or lung embolism in the past 3 months
- Currently suffering from infection disease