Stress Test

Stress Echocardiogram or EKG

A Stress Echocardiogram incorporates a treadmill test along with imaging of the heart utilizing ultrasound (sound waves). Ultrasound pictures are taken of the heart before and after walking on a treadmill. Four ultrasound pictures are taken of your heart at rest. Resting EKG and resting blood pressure are performed.

Walking on the treadmill

The treadmill starts very slow. It will increase speed and incline every 3 minutes. We ask that you walk as long as you can. Typically most people average about 4-6 minutes. You may walk less than this or longer, depending upon your personal abilities. As you walk, your heart rate will be monitored as well as blood pressure and EKG to insure your safety. The four ultrasound pictures will be repeated after the treadmill.

The test takes approximately 1 hour.

Patient Instructions:

1. Take all your regular medications, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

2. Wear two-piece clothing and comfortable shoes. No "flip flop" type shoes.

3. Your physician will be notified of the results.

If you have additional questions about the procedure or instructions, contact your cardiologist.