Test / Diagnostic Procedure: Exercise Tolerance Testing (ETT)

Take the next step towards optimal heart health with Exercise Tolerance Testing. Consult our experts to evaluate your fitness level & make informed decisions.

Bookings: bookings.hearthealth@onewelbeck.com

Tel: 020 3653 2005

What is Exercise Tolerance Testing?

An exercise tolerance test (ETT) is the same as an electrocardiogram (ECG) but recorded while you are exercising.

This test assesses how well your heart works when you are doing something active. During exercise, your heart needs more blood and oxygen and is therefore working harder.

The test will show if there is a lack of blood through the arteries that supply the heart.

What can I expect from an Exercise Tolerance Test?

An exercise tolerance test usually takes between 10-15 minutes and is far more valuable if you try to walk for as long as possible.

Before you come to OneWelbeck Heart Health you will be asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Ensure you don’t eat any big or heavy meals before taking this test.

Small sticky electrode pads will be placed onto your chest which are connected to wires. A physiologist will take your blood pressure at the start of the test, before asking you to cycle on an exercise bike. You will be asked to continue cycling until enough information has been obtained.

Your results will be sent to you or the person who referred you, and your consultant (if available) will be able to give you an informal result straight after your test.

OneWelbeck app

OneWelbeck patients will be offered the use of the MyRecovery smartphone app. This doctor-designed app acts as a mobile patient companion to guide you through the steps to prepare for the exercise tolerance testing and prevent any delays to your care.

The app will use two methods to provide you with a seamless exercise tolerance testing experience by offering you the right information at the right time through:

  • Video messages from your consultant and clinical team
  • Pre-procedure checklists that are visible to you and your clinical team

Test / diagnostic pricing

Please contact the centre to discuss pricing.



Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.


Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.


Self Referral

No doctor referral needed in order to book this service, although health insurers may require a referral in order for your treatment to be covered.


Fixed Price Package

For peace of mind, this service or treatment is available for an all-inclusive fixed price package.


Same Day Availability

We usually have same-day appointments available for this service. Please call us to book.

Exercise Tolerance Testing (ETT) Specialists

The consultants at OneWelbeck Heart Health have been assembled based on their hard-earned international reputations and expertise. Together, they cover the major London teaching hospitals and leading cardiac services, making up the largest independent cardiology group in the UK.