Stress  Echocardiogram

A Stress Echocardiogram incorporates a treadmill test along with imaging of the heart utilizing ultrasound (sound waves). The test will help your doctor determine if there are areas of your heart which do not receive enough blood supply due to coronary artery disease. Areas of your heart which may have been damaged from a previous heart attack may also be seen. Ultrasound images will be obtained before and immediately after exercise on a treadmill. During the treadmill, you will be continuously monitored for blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm and ECG changes.

* Male patients may be required to have their chest hair shaved in order to ensure electrodes adhere to their skin during the test. (If the patient would prefer, they can shave their chest prior to arriving for the appointment)

The test takes approximately 1 hour.

PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Do not eat or drink anything two hours prior to the test.
  2. Diabetics should eat a light breakfast and take their insulin.
  3. Take all your regular medications, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  4. Wear two-piece clothing and comfortable shoes. No "flipflop" type shoes.
  5. Your physician will be notified of the results.

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