INSTRUCTIONS FOR STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAM (STRESS ECHO)
Stress echocardiography is a noninvasive ultrasound stress test that allows the cardiologist to see the wall motion of the heart’s pumping chambers before and immediately after exercise. The test can help determine if certain areas of the heart muscle are not getting enough oxygen- rich blood.
HOW IS THE TEST PERFORMED?
First a resting echocardiogram will be obtained. Echocardiography uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce moving pictures of your heart. This will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Next, a monitored exercise stress test will be performed on a treadmill. After you have given good effort on the treadmill, and your heart has reached a certain rate, the treadmill is stopped. Additional ultrasound images will be obtained while your heart rate is elevated. The second set of ultrasound images takes only several minutes. The whole test will take approximately an hour.
- Do not eat or drink for at least 3 hours before the test.
- Ask your physician if your routine medications should be taken
- Wear loose comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Bring a prescription from your doctor for the test with you if your test was not ordered by one of our cardiologists.
- Bring your medications with you.