A Stress Echo is a non-invasive test that combines
two tests, a treadmill stress test (TST) and an echocardiogram (ECHO).
An echocardiogram is done at rest prior to exercise and again at
peak heart rate. The echocardiogram uses sound waves (ultrasound)
to provide an image of his heart's internal structures, size and
movement. This image is produced by moving a transducer (a very
sensitive wand-like device) over the chest area. Electrodes are
placed on the chest to monitor the heart's rate and rhythm throughout
the test. The cardiologist will have the patient walk on a treadmill,
gradually increasing the speed and incline. The patient will exercise
from a few up to 15 minutes depending upon his level of ability.
The test will be stopped if the patient becomes too tired, has any
symptoms such as chest pain. The cardiologist will be looking for
changes in the EKG pattern and any symptoms that the patient may
experience. At the peak of exercise, the treadmill will be stopped,
and the patient will be instructed to lie down immediately on a
bed so that a second echocardiogram can be taken to visualize the
heart's motion with exercise. The test takes from 30-60 minutes.
A doctor must order this test.
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