Exercise Equipment Used
In addition to a treadmill or stationary bike, the equipment used includes an ECG machine, a pulse oximeter (to measure oxygen in the blood), electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) lead wires, which attach to the skin electrodes, and a blood pressure monitor. Your child may be asked to wear a headpiece, mouthpiece and nose clips to measure respirations during exercise.
Your child will have an initial or "baseline" ECG and blood pressure readings done before exercising. The child will walk on the treadmill or pedal the bicycle during the exercise portion of the procedure. ECG, blood pressure and breathing will be monitored during exercise. Your child will then sit for about 15 minutes after exercising while ECG and blood pressure are monitored.