Physician Designed Package Exam. EKG Stress Testing, Stress tests are tests performed by a physician and technician to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). The most commonly performed stress test is the exercise stress test. The total cost includes the procedure cost and any required lab tests, physician consultation for review of procedure findings. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.