Treadmill stress testing is a vital tool in the evaluation of chest pain, shortness of breath, and arrhythmias.  During a stress test you will be asked to walk on the treadmill starting at a very slow speed.  Every three minutes the treadmill will speed up and get steeper.  Everyone's exercise capacity is different, and we simply ask that you do your best.  The treadmill may be done in conjunction with an echocardiogram or nuclear scan for more detailed evaluation.  Please be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes.  For those who are unable to walk well, stress testing can be performed chemically.