Stress Echocardiogram (stress echo)
This test combines both a stress test and an echocardiogram.
The test is used to:
- Measure the effect exercise has on the heart wall; and your level of fitness
- evaluate whether there is a significant heart disease; or
- evaluate the heart following a heart attack, stenting or cardiac surgery
Sticky electrodes are applied to your chest to take an ECG recording and the sonographer performs a pre-exercise ultrasound.
Then you commence on the treadmill and continue to exercise until you reach your peak. You then return to the bed for further ultrasound imaging. Continuous ECG and blood pressure recordings are taken throughout the procedure.
This test is painless and the risk of complications is very low.
- There is no need to fast
- Take normal medications unless instructed otherwise by your doctor
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is easily removed; gowns will be provided as necessary.
The test takes approximately 30 -45 minutes and will be reported by the doctor at the completion of the test.
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