We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
The stress test, also called ergometry, involves performing physical exercise with an exercise bike or a treadmill. Thanks to this technique, the specialist can diagnose or study an illness that has already been diagnosed that might not manifest itself when the patients are resting.
It is used to diagnose cardiovascular and respiratory diseases that usually do not manifest in resting conditions or to study the progress and condition of an illness that has already been diagnosed.
Before performing the stress test, two electrocardiograms must be taken, one with the patient lying down and the other with the patient standing up.
Afterwards, the test is performed during which the patient must exercise on a treadmill or exercise bike. As the test progresses, the difficulty increases gradually, in accordance with an established protocol. The duration of the test is 6 to 12 minutes, during which continuous electrocardiographic monitoring is taken and hypertension is measured several times.
During the test, the specialist should be especially careful at the point of maximum effort to detect angina and difficulties breathing or finishing the test.
Changes in the heart beat and blood pressure can sometimes appear
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