What is a Stress Echocardiogram?

A stress echocardiogram investigates cardiac function under stress and coronary artery disease non-invasively.

A resting echo is performed, followed by walking on the treadmill, with further echo imaging performed post-exercise.

Preparation

Please shower before your appointment. Apply no moisturiser or powder, but underarm deodorant is allowed.

Ladies, please wear a top and bottom rather than a dress. A bare chest is required for the test, but a gown will be available for modesty.

Please wear shoes which are comfortable for walking, or you may walk in bare feet if you prefer.

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The procedure

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.

Informed consent

It is required by law to receive your consent to perform this test. It is important that you have read and understood this information. If you have any questions, please ask the technician prior to your test.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.