Stress Echocardiogram is a non invasive method of detecting heart disease which otherwise may not be apparent without exercise.
Do not eat for 2 hours prior to the test. Medicines which are Beta blockers are stopped for 48 hours & selected Calcium channel blockers (eg Verapamil & Diltiazem) are stopped for 24 hours, unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Please wear comfortable two piece clothing & shoes for walking on the treadmill.
During the test:
• A resting ECG and echocardiogram where ultrasound images of your heart are taken, is done prior to exercise.
• You will then complete a regular treadmill exercise test, while your ECG, heart rate and blood pressure are recorded.
• Then you will be quickly moved back to the echocardiogram bed and your heart will be looked at again for any sign of abnormal activities.
• When your test is over, you may return to your normal routine. Ask your doctor about taking any medicine that you were told to skip before the test.
(Approximately 30 minutes)