Stress Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound images of the heart to determine health of the heart muscles as they are pumping blood around the body. The results obtained by Stress Echocardiography are used to assess the probability of coronary artery blockages or viability of damaged heart muscles. All stress tests are performed under the supervision of a doctor.
There are two types of Stress Echocardiograms. If you are able to exercise vigorously on a treadmill, an exercise echocardiogram will be performed. The second method of stressing the heart is with administration of dobutamine intravenously.
How to prepare for the test?
An advance appointment must be made.
Bring your doctor's prescription to the appointment.
Do not eat or drink anything for at least 4 hours before the test.
Take your medications as usual, but do not take any drugs called beta-blockers on the day of the test.
Bring your medications with you the day of the test.
Wear loose clothing and comfortable flat shoes to walk in. Do not wear open toe sandals, flip-flops or slippers.
It may be necessary for men to shave their chest before the test.
If you are suffering from fever or any other illness, please inform the doctor or the technologist.