Microvolt T-Wave Alternans Testing
Microvolt T-Wave Alternans testing identifies patients at risk of life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances. "T-Wave" testing will enable your physician to determine if you have a specific underlying electrical disorder that may put you at risk for sudden cardiac death. The test requires a mild elevation of you heart rate for a brief period of time. At VCC this is done using the treadmill. As with any treadmill test, excellent contact between your chest and the electrodes is imperative. Since Microvolt T-Wave Alternans testing analyzes smaller signals however, the chest prep is slightly more vigorous. The exercise portion of the test will last approximately 8-10 minutes. Information about your heart is gathered before, during and after the test.
Preparation for the Microvolt T-Wave Alternans Test is as follows:
Wear comfortable walking or running shoes.
Do not eat, drink or smoke for two hours immediately prior to your appointment
Do not wear oils or body lotion. Do not use moisturizing soap. You may wear deodorant.
Do not take any heart or blood pressure pills in the beta blocker family for 24 hours prior to your appointment