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What Happens During the Exercise Stress Test? continued...

After the test you will walk or pedal slowly for a couple of minutes to cool down. Your heart rate, blood pressure and ECG will continue to be monitored until the levels begin returning to normal.

Although the appointment lasts about 60 minutes, the actual exercise time is usually between seven and 12 minutes. If a nuclear stress test is done, the test could last to up to 4 hours to allow adequate time for the radioactive substance to flow through the body.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about the exercise stress test.

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Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum, MD on September 28, 2014
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