A stress Echocardiogram is a combination of treadmill and 2D Echocardiogram tests. Its purpose is to detect any electrical and or wall motion abnormality of your heart..
What is it?
A stress echocardiogram uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscle is working to pump blood to your body. Electrodes will be placed on your chest, arms, and legs to record the heart’s activity. The blood pressure cuff on your arm will be inflated every few minutes, producing a squeezing sensation what may feel tight. The test is performed to see whether your heart muscle is getting enough blood flow and oxygen when it is working hard (under stress).
Why is it done?
Your doctor may order this test if you:
Have new symptoms of angina or chest pain.
Have angina that is getting worse.
Have recently had a heart attack.
Are going to have surgery or begin an exercise program.
Have heart valve problems.
How long does it take?
1 hour – Echo Doppler is performed before and after the stress test
How to prepare:
Do not eat or drink anything except water for four hours before the test. Do not drink or eat foods containing caffeine for 12 hours before the test. Ask your doctor which heart medications you should omit taking on the day of your test. If you use an inhaler for your breathing, bring it to the test. On the day of your stress test, wear soft-soled shoes suitable for walking and comfortable clothes.