Stress Echo

A stress echo assesses your heart under stress (exercise) by combining ultrasound of your heart with an exercise stress test.

Please advise us beforehand

Some medications may interfere with your test and prevent accurate diagnosis. Please advise us at the time of booking if you are taking any heart or blood pressure medications.

Please also advise us if you have any physical or medical condition which would impact your ability to walk on a treadmill.

Preparation

Bring list of all medications.

Exam involves walking on treadmill so advise patient to wear comfortable shoes and 2 piece outfit.

No cream, lotion or powder on the chest.

What happens during the procedure

You will need to remove your clothing from the waist up. Women will be given a gown to wear. You will be connected to a heart monitor and a treadmill exercise stress test will be performed with an ultrasound (echocardiography) of the heart before and after exercise.

How long does it take?

Approx 40 minutes.

After your examination

You can usually go back to your normal activities including resuming your regular medications if you omitted any for the test.

Your images and report

After your examination, the most pertinent images from your study will be available on the myPRP patient portal. A report, along with the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.
 
Please bring any previous X-rays with you.
 
It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.