The Exercise Electrocardiogram (ECG) is practiced by cardiologists from the "Centre de Médecine et d'Etudes." Sometimes ECG abnormalities can be seen only during exercise or while symptoms are present. This test is sometimes called a "stress test" or a "treadmill test.
The test is performed on a bicycle adapted therefore. The patient pedal at a constant speed but a progressive brake is applied, making the effort more important.
Why an Exercise Electrocardiogram or Stress test ?
The stress test tests the heart's ability to respond to a request for additional oxygen. The physical effort in general and the sport in particular, require indeed additionnal oxygen for muscle contraction. This contribution is provided by the heart which acts as a pump providing, via the blood vessels.
This test will inform the cardiologist about the functioning of the heart muscle during physical exercice. The test can help find the cause of unexplained chest pain.
For whom an Exercise Electrocardiogram?
The cardiac examination is important for anyone that practices a physical activity.
• For any sports person wishing to conduct a diagnosis of cardiac capabilities. The stress test is used to diagnose normal functioning of the heart, an underlying disease: arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, etc ...
It adresses :
• for anyone wishing to pursue a "risk sport" as aviation, boxing, diving karate etc
. for the women 45 years old and more and the men 55 years old and more
. for anyone suffering of one cardiovascular disease and wishing to resume one physical activity
. the smokers
The stress test also helps you make decisions about starting an exercise program if you have been inactive for a number of years and have an increased chance of having heart disease. If does'nt exist one well known pathology, one request from the family doctor or sports practitioner is necessary.
How to take an appointment ?
The Exercise Electrocardiogram (ECG) requires prior appointment with a Cardiologist. The test lasts for approximately 45 min and takes place Wednesday afternoon. For making an appointment or for any question regarding your physical condition, please contact the "Centre de Médecine et d'Etudes at: 02/376 70 72.
Adres : 120 rue Victor Allard Uccle B-1180 Bruxelles.