Stress Echo

General Information

A stress test is either performed by exercise on a treadmill or alterntively the test can be done with some medication that will simulate exercise effects on the heart. During the test, ECG and blood pressure is monitored continuously. Periodic echos will also be performed. This test is done to assess chest pain, coronary artery disease and shortness of breath. It takes around 30-40 minutes.

Echocardiography uses sound waves to generate images of the heart that provide information on how well it works. In some instances it is valuable to assess how well different parts of the heart function with exercise. The most common example is when there is concern that there may be a narrowing in one of the arteries supplying the heart with blood. In this case the heart pump’s strength may be normal at rest, but when the heart is put under stress by exercise, the part of the heart affected by the narrowed artery may weaken its strength of contraction. The detection of this sort of abnormality by exercise stress echocardiography can help to guide your treatment.

  • Professor Sanders says...

    Atrial fibrillation is a consequence of several reversible risk factors - high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, sleep apnoea, and excessive alcohol. Your management of atrial fibrillation must include strict control of these risk factors.