Stress echocardiography is a test that uses ultrasound imaging to determine how the heart muscles respond to stress. It is mainly used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.
How the Test is Performed
A stress echocardiogram includes the following steps:
- A resting echocardiogram will be done first.
- You will exercise or be given medicine until you reach the target heart rate. This helps reveal how your heart works when you are active.
- Your blood pressure and heart rhythm (ECG) will be monitored throughout the procedure.
- Ultrasound images will be recorded during the procedure.
- Another echocardiogram is taken immediately after your target heart rate has been reached.
- The ultrasound images will reveal any parts of the heart that may not be receiving enough blood or oxygen because of blocked arteries.