TMT test also known as Treadmill Test is done to diagnose Heart health. It is one of the easiest tests performed on the patients to determine the health of their hearts. It can be done both on normal people and people with heart ailments. Mainly it is used to diagnose Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), or to determine progress in recovery after a heart attack, or angioplasty.
Why TMT test is done?
TMT is done for: Evaluation of patients with chest pain, prognosis & severity of disease, screening of latent CAD, and evaluation of therapy. Early detection of labile Hypertension. Evaluation of patients with CHF, Arrhythmias, CHD & Valvular function & therapy, functional capacity.
Who should have the TMT Test done
People complaining of Chest Pain People with coronary heart disease People with a history of heart attack People who have undergone angioplasty or bypass.
Preparation for TMT test.
3–4 hours fasting Avoid caffeine Take your BP medicine without fail Sugar levels should be normal
Process of the TMT Test
This test involves walking in place on a treadmill while monitoring the electrical activity of your heart. Throughout the test, the speed and incline of the treadmill increase. The results show how well your heart responds to the stress of different levels of exercise.
What does the positive and negative test mean? A positive test means the patient’s ECG is showing changes of angina (lack of adequate blood supply to the heart) after workload. It means the patient is suffering from ischemic heart disease. A negative result means even at a moderate or high workload, the patient’s heart is having enough blood supply and there are no signs of ischemic heart disease. What are the risks of this test? There can be exacerbation of angina, breathlessness, arrhythmia or death. The chances of these complications are 1 %. The test should be carried out in presence of a doctor and in set up where ICU and defibrillator facilities are available.
TMT Test at Delhi Heart Hospital
Delhi Heart Hospital is mainly focused on heart care, TMT test at Delhi Heart Hospital is performed under trained and experienced specialists. A treadmill test (TMT) or cardiac stress test helps determine how far your heart can go before an abnormal rhythm or blood flow to the heart muscle drops. It helps your doctor know how your heart responds on being pushed. You will be asked to walk on a treadmill, and the difficulty level will be gradually increased.