Echocardiography Stress Test

An echocardiography stress test provides information about how well your heart and blood vessels function during physical activity. This test actually combines two heart exams, the exercise stress test with an echocardiogram. An echocardiogram or ultrasound of your heart is completed. You then walk on a treadmill while the intensity of the treadmill exercise is safely and gradually increased. Your heart function, including your blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and how tired you feel are monitored throughout the test. The echocardiogram test or heart ultrasound is then repeated after exercise.

Patients who are unable to exercise adequately to complete the test may be given a special medication to make their heart work hard, as it would during exercise in order to complete the test.