What Is A Stress Echocardiogram?
- A stress echocardiogram investigates cardiac function under stress and coronary artery disease non-invasively.
- The test entails both an echocardiogram and stress test with a patient consultation.
- A resting echo is performed, followed by walking on the treadmill, followed by further imaging post exercise.
What To Expect
- You will be asked to wear shorts (women – please do not wear a dress) and walking shoes, bare feet are acceptable if you prefer. Your top items of clothing, including bra for woman, must be removed so that you have a bare chest. Women will be given a gown to wear.
- Firstly, you will be connected to the stress test equipment and your ECG and BP will be taken, then a resting echocardiogram will be performed. You will be required to lay on your left hand side while the sonographer takes the required images. Once this is complete, the cardiologist will enter the room and the exercise component will commence.
- The treadmill will start as a very slow walk and increase in speed and incline incrementally every three minutes. During the test you will be asked how you are feeling and how you are going. If you experience any symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, increasing shortness, indigestion etc. please notify the cardiologist.
- When you can no longer walk any further for any reason, the cardiologist will stop the treadmill and you will be asked to lay back on the bed into the resting position as quickly as possible. Post exercise images will then be taken.
- The cardiologist will then review the images comparing your resting echo images with your post echo images.
- Once the images are reviewed the cardiologist will discuss the results with you then.