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Electrocardiograph Tests

Electrocardiographic tests are noninvasive tests which use the electrocardiogram to evaluate the electrical activity generated by the heart at rest and with activity.

Ambulatory Monitors
Ambulatory monitors are small, portable electrocardiograph machines that are able to record the heart’s rhythm.
Caffeine-Free Guidelines in Preparation for a Stress Test
Instructions so that your test can be performed as scheduled, without delay.
Electrocardiogram (EKG)
A test that records on graph paper the electrical activity of the heart using a ECG/EKG device.
Exercise Stress Test
An exercise stress test that involves exercising on a treadmill while you are closely monitored.
Head Upright Tilt Test
A test that records your blood pressure and heart rate on a minute-by-minute basis while the table is tilted in a head-up position at different levels.
Metabolic Exercise Stress Test
A test that involves exercising on a treadmill or stationary cycle while you are closely monitored and breathing through a mouthpiece and/or face mask.
Reviewed: 09/13

This information is about testing and procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic.
Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your testing.

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