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.
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.