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