The same steps are done during a stress echo as in a regular echo. The only difference is the echocardiogram is done both before and after your heart is stressed. We will do an echo and then stress your heart by having you exercise on a treadmill. Once your heart rate reaches a certain point you will then lie back down and another echocardiogram will be done.
A stress echocardiogram is usually done:
- To find out if you might have decreased blood flow to your heart (coronary artery disease)
- To identify and monitor reduced blood flow to heart muscle (ischemia). This is usually more apparent after some form of stress, such as exercise or medicine.
Stress echocardiograms are available at both our Shadyside and Jefferson Offices.