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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Exercise Treadmill Test

Purpose of the Test

This test helps diagnose heart disease, monitors blood pressure response to exercise and finds out your exercise tolerance.

Patient Instructions

Diet

  • Do not eat anything 4 hours before the test.
  • Do not have caffeine 12 hours before the test.
  • If you have diabetes and take insulin, ask your primary care doctor about your diet before the test.

Medicine

  • Take prescribed medicine unless told not to by your doctor.
  • Do not take erectile dysfunction (ED) medicines 48 hours before the test.

Clothing

  • Wear shorts, comfortable slacks or sweatpants.
  • Do not wear panty hose.
  • Wear tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes.

Smoking

  • Do not smoke the morning of the test.

The Test

  • We will ask you to sign a consent form giving us the go-ahead to do the test.
  • We will prepare the skin on your chest where the electrodes will be placed with a coarse lotion. We may have to shave some hair from the chests of male patients. Doing so ensures the electrodes make good contact with the chest to accurately monitor your heart’s rhythm.
  • You will then walk on the treadmill. An exercise physiologist will watch the monitor for any changes that may suggest heart disease or rhythm problems.
  • We will check your blood pressure often during the test.
  • The test will take about 30 minutes.

If you have any questions, please call CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at 320-656-7020 or 800-448-3455.