Is the exercise test painful or uncomfortable?
The exercise test may be uncomfortable for the patient's legs as the tests progress through the stages. The patient's legs may start to feel tired and the child will start to breathe more heavily during the progression of the exercise test.
Use of the mouthpiece and nose clip may make the child feel uncomfortable since this is something that does not feel natural to anyone.
Is the exercise test risky or dangerous?
The exercise test is not risky or dangerous. Complications rarely occur, and if they do, the staff is equipped and trained to handle those rare occasions.
Because the heart's function is being constantly monitored during the test, the exercise will be stopped if anything worrisome is observed.
Are there any special preparations before or after the exercise test?
The child must not intake any caffeine that day and should not eat, or may eat a light meal two hours before the test. The child should come prepared to do exercise in comfortable clothing and sneakers. You can continue your home medication(s) unless instructed not to by your doctor.
Who performs the exercise test?
Experienced exercise physiologists administer the test under the supervision of a physician.
Who interprets the exercise test?
A pediatric cardiologist interprets the exercise test.
Where is the exercise test done?
The exercise test is performed in the Cardiology Clinic area in the Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute, located on the fourth floor of Location C (Outpatient Services Building) on the main campus.
When is the exercise test done?
The exercise test is scheduled by appointments every hour. Appointments are available Monday through Friday.
How long does it take?
Patients are exercising for only 10-15 minutes. Patients are in the lab about an hour for set-up, test explanation, exercise and recovery from exercise.
When can I expect results from the testing, and how do I receive the results?
The test results are typically available within one business week. The test results are given or sent to the referring physician who will then contact the patient or parent / guardian. If the results reveal a problem needing urgent attention, the physician in charge will be notified before the patient leaves the Heart Institute.