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 side while the sonographer takes the required images. Once this is complete, the cardiologist will supervise the exercise component of the test.
The treadmill will start as a slow walk and increase in speed and incline incrementally every three minutes. During the test you will be asked how you are feeling and if you experience any symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, increasing shortness, indigestion etc. please notify the cardiologist.
When you cannot walk any further for whatever reason, the cardiologist will stop the treadmill and you will be asked to lie back on the bed in the previous 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-stress images.