A Stress Echocardiogram combines a resting Transthoracic Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) with an exercise stress test.
In addition to providing much of the information obtained by a resting Transthoracic Echocardiogram, a Stress Echocardiogram also evaluates how your heart responds to exercise. This test can investigate symptoms such as chest pain/discomfort and/or shortness of breath and can also assess heart muscle conditions (cardiomyopathies), valve disease or heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmia).
A common misconception is that you need to be fit or be able to run to undertake this test – this is not the case as we will tailor the treadmill protocol to your exercise performance.
In preparation for this test, please
The test takes about 30 minutes to complete.