Stress Echocardiography or "Stress Echo" is a test that combines a conventional stress test with echocardiographic images of the heart done before and immediately after the treadmill test. It is more accurate than a conventional stress test.
Indicated in patients in who a stress test is required but an abnormal ECG baseline is present, or in pre- or perimenopausal women that may often have an abnormal ECG reading due to hormonal changes. Because of its lack of radiation and quickness of performance, it is one of the best tests to re-evaluate patients with an abnormal stress test to either rule in or rule out a false positive test, or to evaluate the extent of myocardial ischemia to better evaluate prognosis and guide management decisions.
- Bring your physician’s requisition with you the day of the appointment.
- You will need comfortable shoes and clothes.
- If you take medication, bring a list of the medication you are taking with you.
- Do not eat two hours prior to your appointment.