Stress Echocardiogram (Stress Echo)
- Investigation of chest pain, where there is a suspicion of underlying CAD or for the exclusion of IHD
- Younger women with chest pain, in whom stress ECG testing is limited by significant false positive & false negative results & in avoiding radiation associated with cardiac CT
- Investigation of patients with exertional dyspnoea allowing assessment of left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction, evaluation of pulmonary artery pressure & can exclude ischaemia in these patients
- Evaluation of complex patients with valvular heart disease managed by a cardiologist
Stress Echocardiogram is a non-invasive method of detecting heart disease which otherwise may not be apparent without exercise. A resting ECG and Echocardiogram where ultrasound images of your heart are taken, is done prior to exercise. The patient will be asked to complete a regular treadmill exercise test, while their ECG, heart rate & blood pressure are recorded.
After the treadmill exercise test the patient will be quickly moved back to the echocardiogram bed & the heart will be looked at again for any sign of abnormal activities. After the test, the patient may return to their normal routine. Patients should ask the doctor about taking any medicine that they were told to skip before the test.
(Approximately 30 minutes duration)
Patients are required not to eat for 2 hours prior to the test. Medicines which are Beta blockers & selected Calcium channel blockers (eg: Verapamil & Diltiazem) are stopped for 48 hours, unless otherwise advised by the doctor. Patients should wear comfortable two piece clothing & shoes for walking on the treadmill.
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