Exercise Stress Echo

An exercise stress test that allows the cardiologist to study the response of the heart to stress. Ultrasound images are then obtained to study the heart function before and after the exercise. This test is used to determine if there is adequate blood supply to meet increasing oxygen demands of the heart muscles after exercise stress test.

What to Expect

ECG electrodes will be placed on your chest for ECG and blood pressure cuff on your arm for monitoring throughout the test.

A resting heart ultrasound scan will be performed before exercising on the treadmill. The speed and gradient will increase every three minutes.

Adequacy of exercise is determined by the patient reaching a certain target heart rate calculated based on age, and adequate level of workload. You should inform the doctor or medical technologist to stop the treadmill in the event of any chest pain/tightness, breathlessness, headache or giddiness or generally unwell.

Upon termination of the exercise test, you are required to lie down on the bed as quickly as possible to allow the medical technologist to obtain ultrasound images at peak exercise.

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