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On the treadmill

Treadmill Stress Testing

Treadmill or "Stress" tests are ordered by your doctor to investigate symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain and to investigate heart rhythm issues or guide medication dosing.

Treadmill tests are also required for pilot licensing and other professions.

What to expect

Treadmill testing is performed under the supervision of a licensed Cardiac Technologist who will monitor your blood pressure, heart rhythms and possibly oxygen levels during the test.

Treadmill tests start slowly and gradually increases in speed and incline every 3 minutes. You will continue on the treadmill until you ask to stop or the Technologist decides the test is completed.

How to prepare for your Stress Test

  • Wear comfortable exercise shoes and clothing 

  • Bring a water bottle

  • No eating or drinking for 2 hours prior to your testing appointment

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products on the day of your test

  • Take your usual medications on the day of testing (unless your doctor instructed you otherwise)

  • Testing will take 30 min in total


Treadmill testing requires a doctor's referral and can be booked by appointment only.


Appointments are available by calling (250)762-9211:

Mon - Friday: 8am to 4pm

Private treadmill testing for pilot licensure is $378 as per the Fee Guide provided by Doctors of BC

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