Heart Stress Test With Heart Ultrasound

A test that uses both a heart stress test and ultrasound to diagnose problems with your heart and coronary arteries.

A test that uses both a heart stress test and ultrasound to diagnose problems with your heart and coronary arteries.

Stress echocardiography, also known as stress echo, uses both a heart stress test and ultrasound to diagnose problems with your heart and coronary arteries. It does this by determining how your heart responds to physical stress. A stress echo can be ordered to determine what part of your heart has been damaged or is at risk for a heart attack. It can also be used to monitor someone with a prior history of heart disease.

  • The technician will use a small device (transducer) and special gel to take ultrasound pictures of your heart before, during, and after a stress test.
  • The pictures can show the areas of your heart that are not receiving enough blood and not working as well as they should be.

A stress echo may be done in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital. A technician will be with you at all times, and a doctor will be present.

  • Some medications may interfere with the test. Ask your healthcare provider if you should take your usual medicines on the day of the test.
  • Do not eat or drink for at least three hours before the test.
  • Small electrodes will be placed on your chest, arms, and legs. Your heart's electrical activity and your blood pressure will be closely watched.
  • You will exercise on a treadmill or exercise bicycle, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • If you have health problems that prevent you from exercising, you can be given a medication that mimics the effects of exercise.

Before your stress test, make a list of your questions, concerns, symptoms, and medications (including over-the-counter).

  • Verify which medications you should take before the stress test.
  • Ask about possible complications, how you will feel after the test, and if you should modify your activity. Make sure you understand all pre-test instructions.

After your stress test, you should know if there are any immediate concerns and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Stress Test
Stress Echo
Heart Ultrasound
Heart Stress Test With Heart Ultrasound
Heart Stress Test
Heart Rhythm
Heart Problem
Heart Disease
Coronary Artery
Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Cardiovascular Stress Test With Ultrasound
Cardiovascular Stress Test
Cardiac Stress Test with Echo
Blood Flow

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