Stress Test Cost and Stress Test Procedures Information

A Stress Test, often referred to as a exercise test, treadmill test, exercise electrocardiogram, graded exercise test, or stress ECG test, is used to help determine how much stress your heart can handle before developing an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia which is when your heart doesn’t receive enough blood flow. At rest, a heart with coronary artery blockage may have very little symptoms and be unrecognizable by an EKG test. However, when a heart is put under stress it requires more oxygen so the heart pumps harder for more blood and an EKG test can better identify coronary artery blockage and heart problems.

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Stress Test Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ Stress Test Cost Average $4,000
Washington, DC Stress Test Cost Average $3,800
Philadelphia, PA Stress Test Cost Average $5,900
Houston, TX Stress Test Cost Average $4,100
Miami, FL Stress Test Cost Average $3,200
Dallas, TX Stress Test Cost Average $3,500
Chicago, IL Stress Test Cost Average $4,400
Los Angeles, CA Stress Test Cost Average $4,700
New York, NY Stress Test Cost Average $3,800
Atlanta, GA Stress Test Cost Average $3,900

Specific Stress Test Procedures and National Cost Averages

Cardiovascular Stress Test Cost Average $4,400
Pulmonary Tests (Stress Test) Cost Average $1,750
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Featured Facilities that Perform Stress Test

Name Location Average List Price
Selby General Hospital Marietta , OH $5,000
District One Hospital Faribault , MN $2,400
Western Baptist Hospital Paducah , KY $5,000
Harms Memorial Hospital American Falls , ID $4,500
Bay Regional Medical Center Bay City , MI $2,925
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Pottsville , PA $1,900
Prairie Lakes Hospital Watertown , SD $1,900
Clovis Open MRI Clovis , NM $1,300
Mercy Medical Center Roseburg , OR $3,300
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Somerset , KY $5,400
North Colorado Medical Center Greeley , CO $3,400
Altoona Hospital Altoona , PA $2,775
Saint Mary's Healthcare Center Pierre , SD $3,000
University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Miami , FL $6,100
Wallace Thomson Hospital Union , SC $3,600
Saint Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus Bethlehem , PA $1,800
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock , AR $5,000
Meritcare Hospital Fargo , ND $5,300
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center Fairbanks , AK $4,800
Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast Concord , NC $5,400
Saint Luke's Hospital Maumee , OH $2,475
Salina Regional Health Center - Santa Fe Campus Salina , KS $5,500
Saint Elizabeth Community Hospital Red Bluff , CA $3,800
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Lincoln , IL $6,200
Providence Centralia Hospital Centralia , WA $4,600
Mission Hospitals - Mission Campus Asheville , NC $5,300
Boone County Hospital Boone , IA $4,900
Oregon Health and Science University Hospital Portland , OR $6,200
Jennings American Legion Hospital Jennings , LA $2,000
Coffee Regional Medical Center Douglas , GA $2,400

More about Stress Test Procedures

Stress Test Patient Preparation

Do not eat or drink for three hours prior to the procedure. This reduces the likelihood of nausea that may accompany strenuous exercise after a heavy meal. If you are a diabetic, make sure you let your doctor know ahead of time so you can get specific instructions regarding your insulin prior to your Stress Test. A good rule of thumb for Insulin Dependent Diabetics is to eat a small meal 4 hours prior to your test and then take your insulin. For Non-Insulin Diabetics, eat a light meal 4 hours prior to your test and then take your oral medication. It is important to monitor your glucose levels prior to the test. Your glucose should be less than 150. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for exercise. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other stimulants a few days prior to the test in that they may affect the results of your test. Avoid skin oils and lubricants prior to the test in that it may inhibit the test electrodes from sticking to your skin. Check with your doctor but most likely heart medicines will need to be stopped one or two days prior to the test. Discuss all medications or herbal supplements you are taking prior to the test. Some of these may alter your test results and your physician and the technician should be aware of what you take prior to the test. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility.

What to expect during and after a Stress Test

A Stress Test is a relatively painless procedure. The only discomfort may be associated with the exercise performed in order to put the heart under stress and possibly the adhesives used to attach the electrical leads, electrodes, to your chest. The exam does not produce electricity, but simply records the electrical activity produced by a patient's heart. The overall preparation and test will take approximately 60 minutes not including waiting time. When the test is ready to be run a technician will bring the EKG machine to the patient and attach the leads onto the patient's chest with small stickers. Prior to starting to exercise, the technician will perform an EKG test to measure your heart rate and blood pressure at rest. Upon completion, you will be asked to run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bike to increase your heart rate. The EKG test will be on and monitored at regular intervals by the technician during your exercise. It is important to tell the technician if you feel chest, arm, or jaw pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, dizzy, lightheaded, or any other unusual symptoms. You will be asked to exercise until you feel exhausted or for about 10 to 12 minutes.

After the test you will cool down by walking or pedaling slowly for a few minutes. The EKG test will continue to be on to monitor your heart until all levels return to normal. Your EKG results will be interpreted by a trained doctor and then discussed with you directly.

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