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

Price Range
Chicago, IL Stress Test Cost Average $1,150 - $3,000
Los Angeles, CA Stress Test Cost Average $1,350 - $3,400
Phoenix, AZ Stress Test Cost Average $1,300 - $3,400
Atlanta, GA Stress Test Cost Average $1,050 - $2,775
Miami, FL Stress Test Cost Average $1,150 - $2,925
Philadelphia, PA Stress Test Cost Average $1,650 - $4,200
Houston, TX Stress Test Cost Average $1,150 - $3,000
New York, NY Stress Test Cost Average $1,050 - $2,700
Washington, DC Stress Test Cost Average $1,000 - $2,550
Dallas, TX Stress Test Cost Average $1,050 - $2,625

Specific Stress Test Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Cardiovascular Stress Test Cost Average $1,200 - $11,700
Pulmonary Tests (Stress Test) Cost Average $575 - $5,200
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Featured Facilities that Perform Stress Test

Name Location Price Range
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Carbondale , IL $1,200 - $2,625
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Pottsville , PA $600 - $1,300
Grandview Medical Center Dayton , OH $1,150 - $2,475
Columbia Memorial Hospital Hudson , NY $270 - $3,800
Gila Regional Medical Center Silver City , NM $875 - $1,900
Duncan Regional Hospital Duncan , OK $1,050 - $2,250
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Cheyenne , WY $350 - $2,475
Harrison East Bremerton Bremerton , WA $2,000 - $4,300
The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Greensboro , NC $600 - $3,700
Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester , CT $675 - $1,450
Dickinson County Healthcare System Iron Mountain , MI $1,500 - $3,300
Saint John Medical Center Longview , WA $725 - $1,600
Wayne Memorial Hospital Jesup , GA $700 - $1,500
Bromenn Regional Medical Center Normal , IL $1,650 - $3,600
Mad River Community Hospital Arcata , CA $1,300 - $2,775
Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center Carson City , NV $410 - $2,625
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $800 - $1,750
Columbus Community Hospital Columbus , NE $975 - $2,175
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital Stephenville , TX $1,050 - $2,325
Memorial Hospital Gulfport , MS $1,750 - $3,800
Southwest Medical Center Liberal , KS $625 - $1,350
Saint Vincent Jennings Hospital North Vernon , IN $525 - $4,500
Kaweah Delta Hospital Visalia , CA $1,850 - $4,100
Georgetown Memorial Hospital Georgetown , SC $1,150 - $2,475
Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett , MO $490 - $1,100
Gettysburg Hospital Gettysburg , PA $390 - $3,900
Mission Hospitals - Mission Campus Asheville , NC $500 - $3,800
Byrd Regional Hospital Leesville , LA $2,475 - $5,300
Genesys Regional Medical Center Grand Blanc , MI $1,400 - $3,100
Bedford County Medical Center Shelbyville , TN $1,150 - $2,475

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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