Today I had my first stress test in four years. For those of you that don’t know what a stress test is, it’s a test where you walk in a treadmill and the cardiologist monitors your vitals up to the point you can’t walk anymore.
Today mine involved my cardiologist, my pulmonary specialist and my sarcoidosis specialist. The last two weren’t actually there, but they were on the phone before the test going over a bit of stuff with my cardiologist. I didn’t really listen as it all get so boring after a while.
I did the test firstly at 10% grade at 1.5 mph. Piece of cake. Then they increased to 15% grade at 2.5 mph. Piece of cake … for the first few minutes and then my breathing really started to feet rough so I stopped it. It took me about five minutes to recover, but all in all, I was good.
The result? My exercise capacity is better than some people without any conditions, or “normal”. It is beyond the capacity of someone with my conditions!
Yeah! So I am cleared to work out on a treadmill at 3mph! Just need to make sure my heart rate does not go above 125 Bpm.