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Stress Echocardiogram

For this type of stress test, a specially trained technologist will record several ultrasound or "echo" images of your heart at rest; this will be followed by treadmill exercise (usually for 6 to 10 minutes at a pace appropriate to the individual), and then several more ultrasound images of your heart will be taken immediately after the exercise.  The stress test is performed under the supervision of a cardiologist with continuous ECG  and blood pressure monitoring.  The data is analyze by the cardiologist to detect the presence of coronary artery disease (coronary artery blockages).  Overall heart function and the presence of a previous heart attack (myocardial infarction) is also appreciated on this test.
 
This test takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, and in most cases, the cardiologist will be able to give you your results at the end of the test.
 
Instructions:
  • Please do not eat or drink for four (4) hours prior to the test.
  • Do not smoke for four (4) hours prior to the test.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for your test.
  • Take your medications as usual on the day of your test unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
  • Please bring a list of your medications, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if any) to your appointment.

We hope this has been helpful, but if you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at (203)265-9831 and ask for the Testing Department.