Stress Echo

Procedure

What Is Involved In An Exercise Stress Echocardiogram?

A resting echocardiogram will be done first. This is performed with you lying on a bed. A technician will be sitting beside you, and will take pictures of the heart using a hand-held probe that is applied to the skin of your chest with a water-based gel.

Following this you will exercise on a treadmill until your heart rate reaches a target, which is determined by your gender and age. Your blood pressure and heart’s electrical activity will be monitored throughout this exercise. As soon as your target heart rate is reached you will be asked to return to the bed, where the technician will repeat taking pictures of your heart. In total the test duration is approximately 1 hour. 


  • 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.