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Stress Echocardiography

What is Stress Echocardiography?

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Echocardiography is a method of studying the structure and function of the heart by measuring sound waves bounced off the heart to produce an Echogram of the heart.  Stress Echocardiography is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick way to assess how well the heart copes under physical stress.  If the heart becomes short of blood during exertion it may mean there is a blockage in a vessel supplying blood to the heart, an indicator of heart disease.

How do I know if I need the test?

You will be advised by our doctors whether you need a Stress Echocardiogram.  However, Stress Echocardiography may detect signs of heart disease which goes undetected by standard Echocardiography.

How do I prepare for the test?

No preparation is required for this test although we recommend against having a heavy meal before the test.

What will happen during the test?

You will either have to exercise on a treadmill and we will carry out the ultrasound immediately afterwards.  Alternatively, if you cannot walk on the treadmill a small amount of fluid will be injected into your arm to mimic exercise and make your heart go faster and the echocardiogram taken.

What will the test result tell me?

The resulting ultrasound image of your heart during exertion can point out abnormalities in its structure and function.  We should be able to report on the result by the following day. 

What happens next?

If the scan is abnormal you will be advised of further tests.  Our doctors will recommend follow-up procedures.

 

 

 

 

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