Stress Echocardiogram

A stress echocardiography, also called an echocardiography stress test or stress echo, is a procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working.

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What is a Stress Echocardiogram:

A Stress Echocardiogram helps identify issues that revolve around how physical stress affects parts of the body. Some heart problems, like those involving the coronary arteries, occur only during physical activity.

Two Views of a stress test Ultrasound

During a stress echocardiogram, ultrasound images of a heart are taken before and immediately after the patient has been on a treadmill or rode a stationary bike.

A stress echocardiogram is usually done to find out if there is a decreased blood flow to the heart (coronary artery disease, or CAD). It may reveal a lack of blood flow that isn't always apparent on other heart tests.

Getting a Stress Echocardiogram:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the Echocardiogram
During the Echocardiogram
After the Echocardiogram

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atrioventricular Ultrasounds of valve in two views

Above: Stress echos can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown above.

Two Views of stress Ultrasound

Above: Stress echocardiograms are used to check blood flow and help detect obstructions.


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