The Vascular Center at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

Exercise and Treadmill Testing

Exercise and treadmill testing is used to evaluate the arterial circulation in your legs after you exercise and determine if there may be a blockage in a vessel.

The patient exercises on a treadmill with a blood pressure cuff around ankles and arms.

How is the test completed?

A blood pressure cuff will be placed around both ankles and both arms. You will then exercise on the treadmill. Immediately following the exercise, the blood pressure cuffs will be inflated and your blood pressure will be recorded for the next ten minutes. Based on the results of this test, further testing may be ordered to locate the exact area where the blockage may be.

Blood pressure is recorded for 10 minutes and marked on a chart to help locate blockages

Are there any special preparations?

No smoking or caffeine two hours prior to the test.

How will I learn the test results?

The technician will not discuss any findings or conclusions about the test with you. Your personal physician is responsible for providing you with this information.

Download Patient Instructions
Click here to download and print a copy of instructions and information. Add the date and time of your appointment and hang it on your refrigerator or bulletin board as a reminder of your test and pre-test instructions.

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