What is a Graded Exercise Test (GXT)?
A graded exercise test is performed to measure your heart rate, blood pressure, your heart’s electrical activity and your exercise tolerance. A treadmill is used to increase your heart rate and blood pressure. You will be connected to a 12 lead EKG throughout your entire test. The treadmill will start out at a slow walk but will be slightly elevated. Every three minutes the treadmill increases in speed and elevation. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored throughout your test.
How to prepare for your Graded Exercise Test (GXT)?
You will want to wear comfortable walking shoes, we discourage you wearing slip on shoes such as flip flops or sandals. You will be asked to wear comfortable two piece clothing. Due to being connected to an EKG we ask that you not wear dresses, coveralls or overalls.