Stress Echocardiogram

A stress echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that evaluates the function of your heart while exercising. We perform an echocardiogram before (at rest) and after walking on a treadmill to see how your heart responds to exercise/stress. The speed and incline of the treadmill increases while your heart rate, blood pressure and ECG are monitored closely. A Stress echo identifies areas of your heart where there may be a reduced blood supply through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle, or a decrease in cardiac function due to underlying disease or heart attack. It can diagnose and assess the severity of heart conditions such as coronary artery disease, valvular disease and heart failure. It is commonly used to investigate chest pain and shortness of breath.

The test takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed in our clinic.
Usually, you will return to the waiting room to wait for your Cardiologist to discuss the results in more detail and advise further management.