Exercise stress echocardiograms are another method cardiologists use to assess for blocked arteries in the heart. Under the conditions of peak stress, the affected area of the heart will usually not beat as vigorously as other areas. This allows the sonographer and cardiologist to pinpoint the exact region of the heart that is not achieving full blood flow. If your cardiologist advises you to have a stress echo, you should attend the appointment in comfortable clothing and footwear and be prepared to walk on a treadmill at a brisk pace.
WHAT TO BRING
- Original request form for the test (if provided by your referring doctor)
- Any concession cards, including valid Medicare and any private health care cards
- List of current medications
WHAT TO WEAR
Ensure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes to allow you to walk at a brisk pace.
The appointment lasts for 45 minutes and the whole test will be completed within this time.
All stress echos are performed in the presence of an expert imaging cardiologist who will also review your history and provide you with the results of the test and arrange further testing if needed.
The final results of your echocardiogram will be sent to your referring doctor within 24 hours of the test being performed.